HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that at the inaugural Hawaii Aviation and Climate Action Summit on December 3, 2019, participants found that:
(1) Tourism is the number one driver of Hawaii's economy;
(2) Over ninety-five per cent of visitor arrivals are by plane;
(3) Nearly one-third of the energy consumed in the State is for jet fuel, which is a higher proportion of petroleum consumption than any other energy sector;
(4) Over one-third of Hawaii flights are to and from international destinations;
(5) In 2021, a number of these international flights will become subject to the offsetting requirements established by the International Civil Aviation Organization's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), with virtually all international flights becoming subject to CORSIA offsetting in 2027;
(6) CORSIA requires commercial airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by fifty per cent below 2005 levels by 2050;
(7) Mechanisms for airlines to meet CORSIA requirements include fuel efficiency improvements, switching to sustainable aviation fuel with a greenhouse gas carbon intensity below a petroleum benchmark, and purchasing and retiring carbon offsets;
(8) The State can support small and local business innovation and technology development for this important sector by expanding the authority of the Hawaii technology development corporation to match federal and private funding in this area; and
(9) A portion of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, also known as the "barrel tax", currently allocated to the general fund can be appropriately directed to the Hawaii technology development corporation to support this program.
The purpose of this Act is to support the greenhouse gas lifecycle reduction of commercial aviation in the State by establishing a sustainable aviation fuel program within the Hawaii technology development corporation.
SECTION 2. Chapter 206M, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§206M- Sustainable aviation fuel program; established. (a) There is established the sustainable aviation fuel program, through which the development corporation may provide matching grants to any small business in the State that is developing products related to sustainable aviation fuel or commercial aviation operations greenhouse gas reduction and requires assistance for any of the following items:
(1) Business planning;
(2) Technology development;
(3) Engineering; or
(b) All moneys necessary to carry out the purposes of this section shall be appropriated by the legislature from environmental response, energy, and food security tax revenues under section 243-3.5.
(c) In reviewing grant applications pursuant to this section, the development corporation shall analyze each application to determine whether the item to be undertaken will be economically viable and beneficial to the State.
(d) For the purposes of this program, product development activities eligible for matching funds grants shall reduce commercial aviation greenhouse gas emissions through:
(1) Sustainable aviation fuel production;
(2) Airborne operations fuel efficiency;
(3) Ground support equipment fuel replacement;
(4) Ground support equipment fuel efficiency; or
(5) Airport operations support to reduce overall jet fuel consumption.
(e) Hawaii jet fuel baseline carbon intensity shall be set at eighty-nine grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule, in line with the benchmark established by the International Civil Aviation Organization. This carbon intensity may be revised from time to time by the upon recommendation from the Hawaii state energy office based upon future revisions to the United States Department of Energy's Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation full life-cycle model; provided that carbon intensity shall be measured in the units of grams of carbon dioxide equivalent per megajoule.
(f) For the purposes of this section:
"Grant" means financial assistance provided to Hawaii small business innovation research, small business technology transfer, and other agency and private sector awardees and applicants under the terms and conditions provided in this chapter.
"Hawaii small business innovation research", "small business technology transfer", and "sustainable aviation grant program" means the programs administered by the development corporation to encourage participation by Hawaii companies in the federal research and development programs.
"Other agency" means an award or contract granted by the United States Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Energy, Defense, or Commerce, or other federal agency for activity consistent with those defined in this program.
"Sustainable aviation fuel" means American Society for Testing and Materials D7566-compliant renewable aviation turbine fuel derived from eligible materials as defined under section 269-91 and with a greenhouse gas lifecycle carbon intensity lower than the baseline for jet fuel defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization."
SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the sustainable aviation fuel program.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii technology development corporation for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2112.
HTDC; Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program; Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax; Appropriation
Establishes the sustainable aviation fuel program to provide matching grants to any small business in Hawaii that is developing products related to sustainable aviation fuel or commercial aviation operations greenhouse gas reduction. Appropriates funds. Takes effect on 7/1/2112. (SD1)
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