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Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is an exciting new direction for the aviation industry. Discover the challenges the industry faces and why SAF can be the solution.
The aviation industry: turbulence ahead
An increasing population means increasing energy demand. That means something needs to give in the battle against climate change: low-carbon fuels are needed.
The public demand for greener more sustainable flights is climbing steadily. But according to the WEF and McKinsey & Company, in 2019, fewer than 200,000 metric tons of SAF were produced globally — less than 0.1% of the fuel used by commercial airlines.
With priority given to food production, blending limits will constrain how much first-generation, bio-based feedstocks can be used. And, in a safety-focused industry, new fuels will be required to meet stringent certification standards.
Technologically speaking, the high energy density required to carry payloads over long distances and the use of non-liquid jet fuel give disruption to the existing supply chain from new energy sources will provide challenges.
The EU’s ReFuelEU Aviation proposed SAF blending mandate has ambitious targets regarding minimum volume percentage of SAF in the aviation fuel supply over time. The Sustainable Skies Act in the US proposes significant incentives for SAF production.
Scale up, up, up…
The bad news? Decarbonizing aviation will not be easy.
And the good news? The technology exists to ramp up production of SAF significantly as soon as the feedstock quantities are available.
And even a small Topsoe renewable-fuel facility produces enough Sustainable Aviation Fuel to travel 3.5 billion passenger kilometers per year.
We have the R&D and practical know-how to make low-carbon travel possible. So let’s start the journey today.
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