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Microsoft invests $50 million in alcohol-to-jet gasoline biorefinery By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Microsoft emblem is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson//File Photograph

By Laura Sanicola

(Reuters) – Microsoft (NASDAQ:) is investing $50 million in a LanzaJet facility in Georgia that may produce jet gasoline from ethanol subsequent 12 months, LanzaJet mentioned.

The airline trade is taken into account one of many hardest to decarbonize. Renewable aviation gasoline accounted for lower than 0.1% of present international jet gasoline demand of about 330 million tonnes in 2019, funding financial institution Jefferies mentioned final 12 months. Governments and traders are attempting to spice up incentives to provide lower-carbon emitting jet gasoline.

LanzaJet, primarily based in Chicago, mentioned it has practically accomplished on-site engineering at its Freedom Pines Biorefinery, with plans to begin producing 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation gasoline (SAF) and renewable diesel per 12 months from sustainable ethanol, together with from waste-based feedstocks, in 2023. 

Oil majors, airways and different petroleum buying and selling corporations together with Suncor Vitality (NYSE:) Inc., British Airways and Shell (LON:) are additionally funding the corporate.

The White Home mentioned final 12 months that it needs to decrease aviation emissions by 20% by 2030, as airways face strain from environmental teams to decrease their carbon footprint.

The Biden Administration has touted tax credit for manufacturing of sustainable jet gasoline as a part of its Construct Again Higher laws, which is at the moment stalled in Congress.

The European Union is aiming to extend the quantity of SAF blended in petroleum jet gasoline to 63% by 2050.

Microsoft created the Local weather Innovation Fund in 2020 to speculate $1 billion over the following 4 years to hurry up the event of carbon elimination know-how.

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