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IATA Urges Govt. To Embrace Renewable Aviation Fuel Production

In a bid to address the pressing need for sustainable aviation fuel production, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to implement incentives and enact favourable policies.

With a growing emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and mitigating environmental impact, the aviation sector globally is under increasing pressure to transition towards cleaner energy sources.

The Director General of the International Air Transport Association, Willie Walsh, explained that the government had critical roles to play in terms of adopting cost-effective policies and supporting the production of sustainable aviation fuel.

Walsh said a massive collective effort was needed to increase SAF output as a proportion of overall renewable fuel production as quickly as possible.

“Our push to connect our world even more strongly than before the pandemic must not come at the expense of our environment. The industry’s goal to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 remains steadfast.

“To accelerate the transition, we need governments and fuel suppliers to step up and do more. We saw a strong increase in the use of SAF in 2023, but SAF is still only three per cent of all global renewable fuel production. That is unacceptable,” he declared.

In a statement by the Group Head of Sustainability at IAG, Jonathon Counsell, said the shortage of sustainable fuel globally continues to be a problem for the aviation industry.

“The supply agreement Twelve shows us that the private sector is ready to invest but can only do so with clear policy support from governments around the world, for what is the most challenging sector to decarbonise.

“IAG would like to see similar projects scale in Europe and look forward to working with governments across key markets to build a SAF industry to deliver jobs, economic growth, and a stable supply of SAF.”

The aviation industry aimed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 through various strategies like fleet renewal, disruptive propulsion technologies, operational efficiency, SAF usage, and carbon offsetting.

He said the mandates only served to increase demand, adding that there was a need for incentives for SAF to drive production at the scale and pace the industry needs.

“We welcome the provision of 20 million SAF allowances to support airlines in closing the cost gap between SAF and fossil fuel, but we need more allowances to help meet the 2030 six per cent SAF mandate target,” he stated.

In 2023, there was a rise in the utilisation of sustainable aviation fuel, but it accounted for only three per cent of global renewable fuel production.

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