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Ottawa launches competition to develop bio jet fuel

August 22, 2018
By Maria Church

Aug. 22, 2018 - The federal government is challenging Canadians to develop sustainable and affordable bio-jet fuel that reduces the aviation sector's carbon foot print. 

Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi announces the Sky’s the Limit Challenge at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton.

Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton last week. 

“This unique challenge facilitates collaborations to support a game-changing transformation of the aviation industry. A Canadian-made sustainable aviation fuel will grow our clean economy and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadian workers,” Sohj said in a news release.

The competition is divided into two segments.


  • The Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition will provide $2 million apiece for four teams who develop the most innovative solutions. The funding will support an 18-month competition to produce the most economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. The winner will receive a $5-million grand prize.
  • The Cross-Canada Flight Competition, where the first participant to fuel a Canadian commercial flight using a minimum 10 per cent blend of made-in-Canada biojet fuel will win $1 million.

According to the news release, the federal government plans to purchase biojet fuel for its federal aviation fleets once it is commercially available at a competitive price. The Department of National Defence and Transport Canada have signalled their early support.

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