Boeing and the US government are collaborating to scale and develop the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries. Although SAF is set to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the industry, airlines’ current of the jet-fuel alternative represents only 0.1 per cent of global jet-fuel demand due to challenges related to supply and cost.
The new initiative is pushing to develop ecosystems across the APEC region by “capturing best practices and case studies” from economies with existing SAF markets to support the establishment and growth of new ones.
Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer, Boeing said:
“Industry studies and data tell us that SAF is essential to meet aviation’s net zero commitment, but we need more of it. This initiative helps deepen the partnerships that we have had for years with several countries to advance SAF. We will foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among APEC economies, all in pursuit of a safe, and more sustainable aviation future.”
Some of the ways the project seeks to assist the APEC economies is through:
- Identifying the availability of sustainable feedstocks for SAF.
- Analysing new pathways to optimize SAF production.
- Leveraging existing industries and infrastructure for SAF production.
- Enabling the development of SAF-specific policies for production and use.
- Exploring SAF accounting mechanisms, including book and claim.
This initiative hopes to create a framework that will develop the international SAF supply, supporting the ICAO goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. For more of SAF see below.
- Virgin Atlantic’s ground-breaking SAF flight
- Carbon capture, direct air capture, and SAF
- Interview with Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President Asia-Pacific at Neste – SAF in the region