Aviation accounts for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions, and as air travel is expected to double in the near future, the number will grow rapidly. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 onwards and net-zero carbon emissions from the global air transport industry operations by 2050. While many solutions, such as electrified aviation, are still in early stages of development, the industry needs solutions to cut the direct carbon emissions of flying.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are a necessity to reduce greenhousegas emissions from aviation. Today, the production of SAF is very limited compared with the global consumption, and at the same time, ambitious mandates for their use are discussed at national as well as EU level.
While the aviation industry has made sweeping commitments to sustainability by 2050, the availability of SAF and fit technologies are currently in focus, for lowering of CAPEX and efficiency, and demonstrations are taking place towards the goal of upscaling. This is all still in early stages but the commitments and efforts are critical in order to meet industry and global climate goals.