Southwest Airlines to Buy Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Mississippi Biorefinery

Southwest Airlines’ purchase of sustainable aviation fuel from Velocys’ Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Mississippi will span 15 years.

Laura Sanicola, Reuters

Southwest Airlines plus British Airways-owner IAG agreed to purchase nearly 300 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel created from woody biomass at a Mississippi biorefinery, the companies said on Nov. 10.

The aviation industry has thrown its weight behind sustainable aviation fuel as a way to make flying more environmentally friendly before less carbon-intensive hybrid, electric or hydrogen airplane options become available from the late 2030s.

Velocys’ Bayou Fuels facility is expected to produce fuel that is considered carbon negative, due to its use of biogenetic feedstock, renewable power and carbon capture technology offsetting the emissions from burning the fuel.

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