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April 18, 2024
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The international aviation sector wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent by 2030 through the use of 5 percent cleaner fuels. This is the outcome of the third Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) held in Dubai this week. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) hails the global framework on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as “a giant leap to accelerate decarbonization.” However, the framework doesn’t guarantee that the target will actually be met.

CAAF/3 was a follow-up conference on last year’s ICAO 41st Assembly, which adopted a long-term aspirational goal (LATG) to get the industry to net zero emissions by 2050. Building blocks to get there are the CORSIA offsetting scheme and, in the long term, new fuels such as green hydrogen produced from green energy or carbon capture.