The report confirms that a “significant shift away from fossil fuels, the introduction of radical new technology and continued improvements in operations by the sector” is needed in order to achieve net-zero emissions by 2065, and its analyses will be used in negotiations within the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
In all scenarios analysed, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will contribute to the decarbonisation of air traffic to varying degrees, with a minimum of 50% of emissions reductions achieved by SAF. SAF will continue to be a vital tool to support the climate change goals of a sector that will fly over 10 billion passengers annually by 2050.
However, in order for SAF to be truly sustainable, a reputable sustainability certification is needed in order to demonstrate GHG reductions and sustainability is real. RSB certification ensures that SAF achieves at least a 50% GHG reduction vs fossil baselines, and is produced without compromising social and environmental sustainability.
ATAG recognises the crucial role of RSB in promoting sustainable aviation in the report by identifying joining RSB as the easiest action by the aviation industry that can be taken today to help accelerate the energy transition in a robust and sustainable way.