Delta, Chevron Partner with Google on Emissions Tracking for Sustainable Fuels
By Kimberly Chin
Delta Air Lines Inc. and Chevron Corp., alongside Alphabet
Inc.'s Google, have banded together on an initiative that would
help track and analyze the emissions of sustainable aviation fuels,
Google will build a data and analytics platform that tracks and
analyzes emissions data from the sustainable fuels being produced
by Chevron and examines how the fuels are being burned in Delta
The data from the pilot program can provide information to
Chevron and Delta on their emissions footprint through the fuel's
lifecycle and how to make sustainability improvements, said Larry
Cochrane, director of Global Energy Solutions at Google Cloud.
The initiative will help "create a common, more transparent
model for analyzing potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions
that could then be adopted by organizations considering SAF
programs," the companies said in a statement.
Chevron will produce a test batch of SAF for the effort, using
crushed soybean oil at its El Segundo, Calif., refinery, the
company said. Chevron last week invested $600 million toward a
joint venture with Bunge Ltd., the world's largest soybean
processor, that would give Chevron future feedstock from the
agricultural giant's soybean processing facilities for conversion
into renewable fuels.
The oil major will sell the sustainable fuels to Delta for use
at its Los Angeles International Airport hub.
SAF costs up to three and a half times as much as conventional
fuel, according to S&P Global Platts, a provider of benchmark
prices for commodities and energy markets. The high costs make
using and scaling sustainable fuels a challenge.
Delta has pledged to replace 10% of its jet fuel with
sustainable fuels by 2030.
"This partnership has the potential to help us achieve that goal
while providing important data and analytics that demonstrate the
environmental integrity of our commitment," Amelia DeLuca, Delta's
managing director of sustainability, said.
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