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KESSLER Pongamia oil - CORSIA, ILUC, and future raw material for aviation fuels

This post presents the possibilities of producing low-emission aviation fuels based on KESSLER Pongamia oil as a raw material. Low-emission aviation fuels are an essential topic that needs to be implemented (because reducing CO2 emissions from this type of transport requires much effort and a cooperative standardized operating procedure to achieve this goal). CORSIA is a global CO2 reduction mechanism for international aviation. The CORSIA mechanism was adopted by ICAO in 2018 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation to levels seen in 2019-2020. It is part of a broader package of measures that include technical improvements to aircraft, operational improvements, and sustainable aviation fuels.

CORSIA requirements are already in force. Obligations to monitor, report, and verify CO2 emissions in international aviation apply from 1 January 2019. They were introduced in the EU by secondary law. Corsia eligibility criteria

  • Eligibility Criterion: A system must have measures in place to assess and mitigate incidences of material leakage. Offset credits should be generated from projects that do not cause emissions to materially increase elsewhere (this concept is also known as leakage).

  • CORSIA eligible fuel: "Sustainable CORSIA aviation fuel or lower carbon CORSIA aviation fuel that an operator can use to reduce its offsetting requirements." CORSIA Sustainable Aviation Fuel: "A renewable or waste-derived aviation fuel that meets the CORSIA sustainability criteria set out in this volume."

  • Principle: CORSIA-eligible fuel should generate lower carbon emissions on a life cycle basis. Criterion 1.1: CORSIA-eligible fuel will achieve net greenhouse gas emissions reductions of at least 10% compared to the baseline life cycle emissions values for aviation fuel on a life cycle basis.

After conducting detailed analyses of our project, we can proudly say that Pongamia oil, produced from our elite genetic varieties, is an excellent low-carbon raw material for producing aviation fuels. We want to emphasize that KESSLER's Pongamia oil is inedible, does not compete with food, and has better physical and chemical parameters than rapeseed oil (these excellent parameters apply exclusively to oil produced from our genetic). Further proof that KESSLER Pongamia oil meets the CORSIA classifications and that the cultivation of these trees does not conflict with the use of agricultural land for this purpose is that our varieties are created for cultivation in arid conditions and n severely degraded land. KESSLER has also diligently followed ILUC guidelines in implementing its Pongamia project. The ILUC phenomenon is associated with the production of biofuels. It pays much attention to avoiding converting existing environments and crops into plantations for biofuel feedstocks, potentially leading to changes in land use, such as forest-to-agricultural transformations, which can release significant CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. In the commercial development of our Pongamia tree plantations, we adopt a comprehensive approach carrying out three parallel processes:

  • Reforestation of desert and degraded areas

  • Reclamation of desert and degraded areas

  • Regenerative agriculture

When creating commercial plantations of our Pongamia tree variety, desert, and degraded areas will be used, so no additional CO2 emissions will result from changing the land use. We are pleased to inform you that creating a Smart Carbon Plantation based on KESSLER Pongamia trees is the best solution for properly using desert and degraded areas to reconstruct their agricultural values and full natural reclamation. Pongamia oil from our plantations is an excellent low-emission raw material for producing aviation fuel that perfectly meets the CORSIA requirements. The KESSLER Carbon plantation model in severely degraded areas will have the highest standards, affecting the carbon credit value.

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