Renewable jet fuel, known as “biojet”, was blended into the multi-user, co-mingled fuel supply system at Toronto Pearson International Airport as part of Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI).
Biojet represents a pathway to lower emissions while enhancing the competitiveness of Canada’s aviation sector.
Enabling an efficient biojet logistics in the production, delivery and use of the fuel is an integral part of CBSCI operations and a core area of research focus. A biojet supply chain that seamlessly integrates into the logistics of the existing fossil jet supply chain will achieve relatively lower costs compared with a parallel, duplicative supply chain.
A domestic biojet industry can provide opportunities for Canada including enhancing energy security, rural economic development, job creation, stimulation of R&D and knowledge harvesting, strengthening existing industries via diversification, and meeting GHG reduction goals.
The intent of CBSCI is to help the Canadian aerospace sector move towards realizing the potential that biojet offers for reducing emissions. The project recognizes that other mechanisms for achieving reductions, such as increases in fuel efficiency, carbon offsetting, and other means of reducing aviation’s carbon footprint may be used in combination.
Canada has a natural capacity to develop a domestic biojet industry using certifiably sustainable feedstocks (agricultural and forestry biomass) via globally recognized supply-chain management systems. These feedstocks are compatible with commercially available and emerging technology platforms.
Canada’s opportunity to implement a domestic biojet production industry is akin to the leadership opportunities it has successfully deployed in developing unconventional petroleum resources, and establishing itself as a global leader in mining and aluminum smelting.