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15 Aug, 2023

Tuesday is “truth-day”: our series of posts where we use our insider expertise to unpick complex issues and challenge existing industry narratives.

๐ŸŒด This week we take a look at ‘Aviation Biofuels’.

๐Ÿ›ขย Such fuels constitute the majority of #SustainableAviationFuel or #SAFย featuring as a key plank of our industry’s ‘sustainability’ strategy.

๐Ÿ”ฅย For a deep dive on aviation biofuels, we recommend Stay Grounded‘sย brilliantย #Greenwash factsheet that you can find on their website: https://stay-grounded.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/SG_factsheet_8-21_Biofuels_print_Lay02.pdf

๐Ÿคผ In this post, we will take a look at one (amongst many) negative aspects of ‘biofuels’: the social and humanitarian impact.

Energy transition for who?

๐ŸŸข Green economy solutions often replicate predatory production models. Many times, companies involved in this energy transition disregard the role of native peoples in environmental preservation. The violence suffered by indigenous people in the north-eastern Parรก region of Brazil illustrates this situation.

๐Ÿ’€ Last week, three indigenous people of the Tembรฉ ethnic group were shot in a new chapter of the conflict with an industry that wants to ‘plant’ jet fuel in the Amazon: https://reporterbrasil.org.br/2023/08/atentado-a-indigenas-no-pa-e-novo-capitulo-de-conflito-com-industria-que-quer-plantar-combustivel-de-aviao-na-amazonia


โš” A violent land conflict started there three years ago when the group Brasil BioFuels (BBF) started palm production in the region. The company plans to use palm oil, also known as dendรช, as a feedstock for aviation fuel. As of 2025, the objective is to supply fuel to the main national airlines.

โœˆ Representatives of the largest airlines in Brazil โ€“ Latam, Gol and Azul โ€“participated in the event where the BBF’s investment in the aviation fuels sector was announced.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Last year, the NGO Global Witnessย even pointed out that multinationals in the food sector stopped purchasing palm oil from BBF after the company’s involvement in land conflicts.

๐Ÿ•ตโ€โ™‚๏ธ These issues aren’t new. Last year, Safe Landingย members were involved in a project and report titled โ€œProducing fuel for other peopleโ€™s planes: A case study on the Omega Green Biofuel refinery in Paraguayโ€ – which detailed human rights issues linked toย #SAF production in the Chaco region of Paraguay, whereย one of the largest biofuel refineries in the world is being built: https://safe-landing.org/case-study-omega-green-biofuel-refinery-paraguay/

๐Ÿ‘€ Itโ€™s vital that we open our eyes to the reality of โ€œSAFโ€. We shouldnโ€™t promote solutions that are marketed as โ€œgreenโ€, but actually perpetuate environmental destruction, pollution and local injustices in other parts of the world.

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