Alternative jet fuels have the potential to provide benefits to the aviation industry in terms of energy security and reduction in greenhouse gas contribution. Their production can support rural economic growth and job creation through the development of economically valuable feedstock crops and fuel processing facilities. Alternative jet fuels are also considered essential components in the basket of measures needed for the Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ASCENT is working to facilitate the development and introduction of alternative fuels. Researchers are developing innovative and cost-effective production and distribution systems, evaluating how alternative fuels will affect emissions, air quality, and engine performance, and creating more concrete standards for alternative fuel certification.