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Nuseed Carinata listed feedstock for CORSIA Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The recent update by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) now includes Carinata as a renewable fuel feedstock with similar greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint as waste and residuals, like used cooking oil (UCO).
“For sustainability being categorized with waste is a very good thing,” said Glenn Johnston, Nuseed Carinata Regulatory.

Nuseed is increasing production of Carinata over the next few years with a closed-loop contracting structure for farmers in major soybean growing regions, initially in South America. Sustainable agriculture practice incentives will be a priority for improved GHG reductions. Initial offtake partnering and supply chain optimization are underway with a focus on expansion and maximizing sustainability (photo courtesy Nuseed).

ICAO has published the first update since 2019 of their Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) Default Life Cycle Emissions for Eligible Fuels. The update includes Carinata as a renewable fuel feedstock with a similar greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint as waste and residuals.

For sustainability being categorized with waste is a very good thing. The ICAO update demonstrates that Carinata can reach GHG savings on par with waste. Plus, Nuseed Carinata has the advantage of being a purpose-built, drop-in solution, with consistent quality and scalable production through existing infrastructure to help supply the rapidly growing global demand for renewable fuel, said Glenn Johnston, Nuseed Carinata Regulatory.

Proven non-food feedstock

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Australia-headed Nufarm Ltd, Nuseed develops oilseeds for agriculture to end-use solutions. The proprietary renewable feedstock is certified by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED) standard.

Growing Nuseed Carinata as a cover crop has many regenerative agriculture benefits, slowing the velocity of runoff from rainfall and snowmelt, plus reducing soil loss due to sheet and rill erosion.

A cover crop regimen with Nuseed Carinata increases soil organic matter, leading to improvements in soil structure, stability, and increased moisture and nutrient holding capacity for plant growth.

Nuseed Carinata, grown between crop rotations, avoids displacement of food crops and does not increase land use while providing a low, scalable, and sustainable GHG feedstock solution for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

A co-product of crushing carinata to extract the non-food oil is a high protein, non-GMO meal for animal feed.

Replacing jet fuel with SAF produced from Nuseed Carinata oil is a proven innovation with international airlines, including Qantas and United Airlines, have already proven the purpose-built benefits of using carinata as a feedstock for renewable fuel to reduce GHGs.

The CORSIA Implementation Element update shows the potential for Nuseed Carinata oil as a low GHG renewable feedstock into the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) market. A further affirmation like this by International UN Bodies provides a supportive framework that regenerative agriculture can reach GHG savings that are on par with waste and residuals, ended Glenn Johnston.

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