Although the prospects for the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) look a little better since October, governments and oil companies need to step up toward large-scale incentives to produce more SAF. These incentives are essential if the airline industry wants to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. That was the message of IATA on the final day of its Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Doha (Qatar). The long and winding road to SAF production.
During the previous AGM in Boston in October, IATA adopted a resolution to get to net-zero by 2050. Since then, there has been some momentum on SAFs. According to Sebastian Mikosz, Senior Vice President of Environment and Sustainability, there are now identified 61 initiatives for SAF production worldwide that should be able to produce 30 billion liters by 2030, up from 23 billion IATA calculated in October. But the step to 449 billion liters that is required in 2050 is still a huge one.
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