The Commonwealth has the resources, infrastructure and air traffic to make it a premier provider of aviation biofuels, reducing carbon use and providing economic opportunities across the state. This was the message James H. Lambert, Director of the University of Virginia (UVA) Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, had for the Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, and the Commonwealth Transportation Board in a Jan. 11, 2022 presentation highlighting the findings of his work with Lisa Colosi-Peterson, Associate Professor at UVA’s Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and Andres F. Clarens, UVA Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The group has been working with Catherine McGhee, Director of Research and Innovation at Virginia Department of Transportation, to find ways to meet the emerging demand for aviation biofuels, one of the most efficient ways for airlines to meet mandates to reduce their carbon footprint. Mark Flynn, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation, was an early proponent of the study.

CCALS is a key component of this initiative because the complexity of the supply chain – farms and other feedstock outlets, to refineries, to pipelines, to aviation end users – requires the logistics expertise that CCALS has been developing for the last 10 years. Virginia has a rich and varied supply of feedstock and has existing pipeline infrastructure that can carry the fuel, decreasing the need for truck transport. It offers the potential to create new industry in Virginia as well as allowing airlines to decarbonize.

“There are a lot of ways to make Virginia a leader in this,” Lambert said during his presentation, “and it will be a first mover advantage. Virginia has all the opportunity.”

See Lambert’s presentation below.


Dr. James H. Lambert, Director of the University of Virginia (UVA) Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, presents to Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine and the Commonwealth Transportation Board on Jan. 11, 2022. (See the full Board meeting)

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