Sustainable aviation fuel

Sustainable aviation fuel – or SAF - provides the aviation industry with an alternative energy source, enabling it to reduce its carbon footprint and dependence on fossil-based fuel sources. SAF is a safe replacement and almost chemically identical to traditional jet fuel. 

Sustainably produced alternative jet fuel can reduce emissions by up to 80% today across the lifecycle of the fuel, with a 100% reduction possible in the future. 

SAF will play a key role in achieving the industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Since the first biofuel test flight on a commercial aircraft in 2008, there has been a huge amount of work by the industry and our partners. Certification of SAF through the global fuel standards agency - ASTM International - has allowed around three quarters of a million flights to take place using SAF / traditional fuel blends since 2011.

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717,409

Commercial flights have been operated using sustainable aviation fuel since 2011 (updated daily)

69

Number of airports currently regularly supplied with SAF

20 Mt

SAF uptake by 2030 could be possible under industry proposed and committed policies

45 bn

Dollars in current forward purchase agreements for SAF by airlines, operators and corporate partners (compared to $6 billion pre-Covid)

50

Airlines have committed to 2030 SAF goals ranging from 5-30% of their total fuel usage, with most of them committing to 10% use

11

Approved pathways for producing sustainable aviation fuel so far