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Production of sustainable aviation fuels to triple in 2024, India has significant potential, says IATA

Production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will triple to 1.9 billion liters in 2024, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced at the 2024 IATA AGM in Dubai on June 2 . Targets set for 2024 are on track, IATA said: adding that this would meet 0.53% of the global aviation sector’s needs.

Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA, said: “The expected tripling of SAF production in 2024 compared to 2023 is encouraging. The SAF will provide around 65% of the mitigation measures airlines need to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

According to IATA, SAF production capacity can reach 51 million tonnes worldwide by 2030, if all 149 announced renewable fuel projects start producing SAF. It would also depend on the distribution of production capacity in almost all regions.

International airline group IATA also said India has significant potential to produce SAF that can help reduce carbon emissions amid increasing air travel. In 2023, the production of SAF amounted to approximately 0.5 million tonnes and this quantity will have to increase several times by 2050.

IATA also announced that it would establish the SAF Registry to accelerate the adoption of SAF. This would be done by authoritatively accounting and reporting SAF emissions reductions. According to IATA, 17 airlines, one airline group, six national authorities, three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and one fuel producer are already supporting efforts to develop the registry.

Walsh said SAF is key to decarbonizing aviation. Airlines want more SAF and are ready to use every drop of it, he said, adding that the registry will help meet the critical needs of all stakeholders in the global effort to accelerate the SAF production.

“Governments need a reliable system to track the quality and quantities of SAF used. SAF producers must accurately report what has been delivered and effectively decarbonized. Airlines need to be confident that they can claim the environmental benefits of the SAF they have purchased. The Registry will meet all these needs,” he said.

Walsh explained that the registry will help create a global market for SAF by ensuring that airlines have access to SAF wherever it is produced, and that SAF producers have access to airlines regardless of their location.

Through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), governments have set a target of reducing international aviation CO2 emissions from SAF by 5% by 2030.

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