Sustainable Oils to supply JAL's flight with camelina-based aviation fuel
Camelina is reportedly well suited to be a sustainable biofuel crop, as it naturally contains high oil content; its oils are low in saturated fat; it is drought resistant and requires less fertilizer and herbicides. Sustainable Oils claims that camelina does not displace other crops or compete as a food source. It is estimated that the state of Montana alone could support between two and three million acres of camelina, generating 200 million to 300 million gallons of oil each year. The Japan Airlines (JAL) biofuel flight is expected to bring the airline industry significantly closer to finding a suitable sustainable biofuel that will help reduce the impact of CO2 emissions generated by aviation, while also reducing the industry's reliance on traditional petroleum-based fuels. Tom Todaro, CEO of Sustainable Oils, said: "We are proud to have been selected to participate in this historic event. We are dedicated to growing the market for camelina across the US and around the world. This flight will help growers see the tremendous potential for camelina as a renewable energy feedstock."