Year(s): 2018
Sector: Bioenergy

BIO4A is a project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s research and innovation programme. The project will demonstrate the first large industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel in Europe (HEFA), obtained from residual lipids such as Used Cooking Oil. It will also implement actions for the market uptake of sustainable aviation fuel, and it will investigate the alternative supply of sustainable feedstocks produced from drought-resistant crops such as Camelina, grown on marginal land in EU Mediterranean areas.

By a combination of biochar and other soil amendments, it will be possible to increase soil fertility of such areas and its resilience to climate change, while storing fixed carbon into the soil. Among the activities, sustainable aviation fuels will be tested at industrial scale and under market conditions and the overall environmental and socio-economic sustainability performance will be assessed.

The sustainable aviation fuel (compliant with ASTM jet fuel standards), will be used by commercial airlines in regular passenger flights, thus contributing to the EU’s goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector.