If you follow events in the aviation world, you will probably be aware of the IATA Aviation Fuel Forum, which is usually held twice a year and acts as an opportunity for the airlines to get together with fuel producers and discuss priorities for increasing efficiency and productivity. This year, there is going to be a slight change to the week of the Fuel Forum.

To highlight the growing importance of sustainable alternative fuels, IATA will also be holding the Alternative Fuels Symposium alongside the traditional event in Cancún on 5 and 6 November.

This will be the first year that the Alternative Fuels Symposium will be held and it is shaping up to be a very interesting event. As regular visitors to this website will know, the development of sustainable alternative fuels is an extremely important part of the aviation industry’s plan to become more sustainable. These fuels can be synthesised using many different sustainable feedstocks (anything from used cooking oil to nicotine-free tobacco!) and can be up to 80% less carbon intensive than traditional jet fuel. They are, in many ways, the future of aviation.

Recognising the importance of sustainable alternative fuels is absolutely vital if air transport is to become more environmentally friendly and the fact that IATA have chosen to hold the first symposium to discuss their development shows real commitment to making progress. In the inaugural event in November a number of important aspects will be discussed, including how to address barriers to deployment, increasing demand and how to make the market profitable.

So, if you are interested in sustainable alternative fuels, then Cancún will be the place to be. Or perhaps you are travelling there for the Fuel Forum - in which case, why don’t you drop by and check out the Alternative Fuels Symposium and find out about the sustainable future of aviation?