- SAF is still in the early stages of acceptance
- Most people are unfamiliar with the benefits of SAF
- The blender’s tax credit would make SAF more financially attractive
You’re probably familiar with the benefits of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), but if we genuinely want SAF to be more widely adopted, we’ll need to raise awareness and educate the market. We’ll need to talk about the benefits of using SAF in business jets and explain why it’s a good idea.
Here’s a quick list of talking points:
- SAF is a drop-in fuel. It requires no engine modifications and does not affect aircraft performance.
- SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80 percent over its full lifecycle.1
- SAF is proven technology and ready to use.
Even if your local FBO doesn’t provide SAF, you can still take advantage of its environmental benefits by using the “book and claim” system. It enables you to buy SAF at an airport where it’s not physically available and claim the carbon reduction credit without actually putting SAF in your aircraft. If your company has ESG (environmental, social and governance) policies in place, then “book and claim” is certainly worth looking into.
Another way for corporate leaders to promote SAF is through the SAF certificates framework developed by the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, an initiative led by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Energy Transitions Commission.2
The blender’s tax credit included in the Build Back Better Act would make SAF more financially attractive to potential consumers. The credit is actively supported by the NBAA and other aviation industry groups.3
Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, recently told CNBC that total SAF production is expected to reach 7.9 billion liters (about 2.1 billion gallons) by 2025 and leap to 449 billion liters (119 billion gallons) by 2050 — assuming that governments enact supportive policies.4
We’re in the initial phases of a long journey and I’m optimistic that by encouraging wider use of SAF we can achieve our goal of reducing net carbon emissions from business jets.
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