Red Rock’s products provide solutions for hard-to-decarbonize sectors. Each co-product is essential for decarbonizing the most challenging sectors that, together with wildfire emissions, collectively account for approximately one-fourth of global emissions. These co-products include SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel), renewable diesel and biochar.

By converting waste woody biomass to biofuels, we reduce emissions from timber harvest activities and mitigate wildfires while displacing carbon-intensive fossil fuels. 

 Mary Dinh, Project Manager

SAF decarbonizes aviation

"If global commercial aviation were a country in the national CO2 emissions standings, the industry would rank number six in the world between Japan and Germany."  - EESI, 2019

Low-carbon Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is required for decarbonization of the aviation industry, particularly long-haul flights.  SAF can reduce carbon emissions up to 80% compared to conventional fossil-based jet fuel.  Operational and technical improvements (such as reducing airplane weight and improving engine fuel efficiency) are important but aren't enough to achieve carbon-neutral growth.  Batteries are currently an insufficient replacement for conventional jet fuel for long-haul flights due to cost and low-energy density.  SAF provides the same high-energy density as conventional jet fuel and requires no changes to the planes and distribution infrastructure in use today.

The demand for sustainable fuels far outpaces current supply.  The Air Transportation Action Group (ATAG) estimates 85-130 billion gallons/year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) are required to meet airline goals, yet there is only 10-20 million gallons/year available today.  Aviation Industry carbon reduction mandates place a goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2027 and beyond.

Renewable Diesel decarbonizes heavy transport

Renewable diesel substantially lowers heavy transport industry carbon emissions.

Renewable diesel is a superior renewable fuel compared to both fossil-derived diesel and first-generation biodiesel produced from vegetable oils. Our renewable diesel has almost zero aromatics and sulfur compounds and has a very high cetane rating (comparable to octane rating in gasoline).  Renewable diesel is a drop in fuel that can be used unblended or blended at any ratio with conventional diesel and is compatible with current diesel engines and distribution infrastructure.  In addition to lower CO2 emissions, our renewable diesel burns cleaner with lower hydrocarbon, particulate, SOx (sulphur oxides) and NOx  (nitrogen oxides) emissions at the tailpipe.

Biochar decarbonizes cement and steel industry

Biochar is a co-product of the woody biomass to gasification process.  Used as a replacement for carbon-intensive fossil fuels (e.g., coal and petcoke), biochar can significantly lower the emissions footprint of the cement and steel industries.