In today’s time, the only efficient way to transport a large group of people over long distances is through airplanes, making the dependency on traditional jet fuel high. But jet fuel packs a lot of energy for its weight resulting in higher carbon emissions. The only viable way is to opt for sustainable fuel alternatives with SAF.
Sustainable Aviation Fuel or SAF for short, is the jet fuel that is synthetically derived and developed sustainably, as opposed to conventional petroleum-based fuels.
SAF can be sourced from various feedstock, such as oils from fats, grease, plants, sugar, algae, and alcohol and captured CO2, making its composition very similar to that of traditional fossil jet fuel. SAF can further be produced with potential renewable sources like municipal waste, forestry waste even used cooking oil and biomass.
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) further has the potential to match the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel but with a fraction of its carbon footprint. This gives airlines a solid footing for decoupling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as per the industry’s pledge to halve CO2 emissions by 2050 from 2005 levels.
Accounting for less than 0.1% of the aviation fuel market, therefore, it is imperative for the aviation industry to champion SAF. One such leading example is Air France which plans to incorporate 30% biofuel produced from used cooking oils. This biofuel carries ISCC-EU certification (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) and will prevent producing over three tons of CO2 and decarbonizing transport on the Nice-Paris flight.
Not just that, the advocacy on the usage of SAF to champion a greener future for the planet also offers a solution to consumers who are increasingly looking for more environmentally friendly options in their lives. SAF has proven to be a ‘safe’ fuel with the potential to reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80% as it can be resourced while consistently fulfilling the socio-economic and environmental goals and preserving the depletion of natural resources. Furthermore, the use of SAF lowers the lifecycle carbon footprint and, therefore, has a vital role in meeting the aviation industry’s environmental and sustainability goals.
And sourcing, and producing SAF will open doors to new economic opportunities in farming communities, improve the environment, and even boost aircraft performance, making SAF the game-changer in the future.
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