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Carbon War Room & Elsevier to Unlock Renewable Fuel Market for Airlines & Investors

Dépèche transmise le 4 décembre 2011 par Business Wire

DURBAN, South Africa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Carbon War Room, an independent non-profit that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock gigaton solutions to climate change, and Elsevier, the world’s leading scientific publisher, unveiled today RenewableJetFuels.org, the world’s first online market information service analyzing the leading companies set to produce commercial scale renewable fuel for aviation.

“This unique approach provided by the Carbon War Room and Elsevier is providing a wonderful platform for airlines and renewable jet fuel suppliers to come together to accelerate the delivery of cleaner approaches to air travel.”

Launched and maintained by Carbon War Room and powered by Elsevier Biofuel TechSelect™, RenewableJetFuels.org will provide in-depth scrutiny of renewable jet fuel supply chain companies. In beta format, the team is collecting and reviewing over 70 key data points for jet fuel supply chain companies. The database is designed to contain the top 2000 bioenergy-related companies. Investors, engineers, operators and fuel buyers can use this data to compare suppliers on technical performance, economic viability carbon footprint, and overall sustainability.

At its launch today, and on currently available data, the first top five renewable jet fuel supply chain companies in terms of economic viability, scalability and sustainability featured on RenewableJetFuels.org are:

                     
        Scalability   Sustainability  

Economic
Viability

  Overall
Lanzatech       3   3   3   3.0
SG biofuels       3   3   3   3.0
AltAir       2   3   2   2.3
Solazyme       3   1   2   2.0
Sapphire       2   3   1   2.0
           

Key – Max 3 stars; Min 0 stars

Initial results show that of the companies claiming to have the potential to deliver large-scale amounts of low carbon renewable jet fuel – about 1/3 of them are credible from an economic, scalable and sustainability perspective; in their current state. In the next five years, some renewable jet fuel companies could be producing enough renewable fuel to replace 10-20% of the fuel of a typical mid-sized airline.

“One important way to reduce carbon output from airlines all over the world is to have viable renewable alternatives to jet fuel. The Carbon War Room saw that there was a gap in information regarding the available options and an opportunity to mobilize airlines to come together to support the most promising solutions through investment,” Said Sir Richard Branson. “This unique approach provided by the Carbon War Room and Elsevier is providing a wonderful platform for airlines and renewable jet fuel suppliers to come together to accelerate the delivery of cleaner approaches to air travel.”

The launch marks the start of Carbon War Room’s aviation operations, which aims to address market barriers that are currently preventing renewable jet fuels from moving from test flight stage to commercial production.

“By keeping the site in beta format, producers can continually update and re-submit data. This is then reviewed by experts, enabling RenewableJetFuels.org to be the independent, gold standard for investors and airlines in the market,” said Suzanne Hunt, Operations Lead, Carbon War Room.

Elsevier Biofuel TechSelect™, which constitutes the main database behind RenewableJetfuels.org, was designed to contain up to 2,000 bioenergy supply chain companies, incorporating a range of technologies including waste-to-energy and algae. Hundreds of interviews with decision makers in alternative energy brought to light the lack of reliable information that keeps viable technologies from being implemented. This is especially the case in the biofuels industry. By offering information selected, structured and reviewed by experts, Elsevier aims to remove those barriers.

“The development of tools such as Elsevier Biofuel Techselect™ illustrate the transition of our company from being a content provider to an information solutions provider, and the increased relevance of our products and services to researchers and professionals in the corporate world,” said Ron Mobed, CEO Science & Technology, Elsevier. “And it is especially exciting to make these tools available to support the deployment of alternative energy technologies and help address issues that truly matter on a global scale. No single organization can tackle these issues alone, and by partnering with Carbon War Room we can make our information resources available to corporate decision makers who need high quality information to make well-informed decisions.”

To get involved email aviation@carbonwarroom.com

About the Carbon War Room

The Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock gigaton-scale, market-driven solutions to climate change. Over 50% of the climate change challenge can be addressed today — and profitably —under existing policy and technology conditions. We seek to facilitate a better flow of capital to entrepreneurial solutions that make economic sense right now.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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