SAF Leaders Urge Biden Administration to Use GREET Model
Seventy industry leaders, including major airlines, wrote Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that the default model to measure SAF carbon emissions won’t fly because it fails to account for climate-smart feedstock and biorefining practices allowing for tax credits.
Renewable Fuels Association head Geoff Cooper said "You absolutely can make a carbon-neutral fuel, whether it’s for aviation uses or for motor vehicles.”
The biofuels and aviation industries want the administration to apply the Energy Department’s so-called GREET model, not the old model, to measure full life-cycle emissions of sustainable aviation fuel and make it eligible for credits.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack told ethanol leaders last month they need to fight for SAF credit eligibility.
“The issue is this industry taking full and complete advantage of a 36-billion-gallon industry that has never existed, that now will,” said Vilsack.
But Vilsack acknowledged that requires qualifying for credits and said tax guidance for that should be ready by year’s end. The SAF leaders say the Inflation Reduction Act explicitly allows for the use of “any similar methodology” to the existing one to determine SAF credit eligibility.