US firms to assist Air New Zealand's bid for locally produced cleaner fuel

RNZ, June 16, 2023

Air New Zealand and the government are lifting efforts to prove the feasibility of the local production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Two firms which put up initial proposals for SAF production have been selected to take the plans to the next stage, with the airline and the government putting up a combined $2.26 million to fund the work.

SAF is made from forestry residues, municipal waste, or used cooking oils. It results in a significantly lower greenhouse gas component and can be used in current airplane fuel systems.