Sustainable aviation fuel is taking off


As transport decarbonizes, innovation in fuels is on the agenda.

High on the alternative-fuels list in terms of profile and volumes is sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF. According to a recent report, North America alone could be on course to produce 2,418 million gallons per annum of SAF by 2030.1 And with 2030 not that far away, that equates to a massive ramp-up in production and a whole new industrial segment opening.

SAF describes a category of fuel rather than a single product. It refers to any fuel designed for use in aircraft that is created from sustainable, non-fossil sources. It can be produced through various methods and from different raw materials, leading to small variations in its composition. The intention with every iteration, of course, to reduce the carbon footprint of air travel by reducing use of fossil fuels.

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