At the end of 2022, the production of environmentally friendly aviation fuel (SAF) in the world will be at least 300 million liters, predicts the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This is three times higher than last year.
According to more optimistic estimates, the total production of SAF this year could reach 450 million liters, the IATA report notes.
Airlines last year took over committed to achieving zero CO2 emissions by 2050 and believe that SAF will make a key contribution to this. To reach the target, annual production capacity must increase to 450 billion liters of SAF by 2050.
“There was at least three times as much SAF on the market in 2022 as there was in 2021. And airlines used every drop , even at very high prices! If there were more, they would buy,” said IATA CEO Willie Walsh.
According to him, the problem of insufficient supply is obvious, and “governments that share goals to reduce emissions to zero by 2050, comprehensive production incentives for SAF need to be implemented.” This is necessary for the successful transition of economies to renewable energy sources and for the decarbonization of aviation.
To date, more than 450,000 commercial flights have been flown using SAF. Some 40 green jet fuel agreements have been announced this year, the report said.
IATA represents some 300 airlines worldwide, accounting for some 83% of global air travel.