Published November 2023
Prepared for airport leaders and others wanting a general understanding of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), this white paper seeks to grow familiarity with and support for SAF as airports and airlines work toward their goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
This guide was developed as part of the American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Airport Consortium on Transformation (ACT) by a members’ working group lead by San Francisco International Airport and Arup. The time is now for airports to become involved and prepare for a future fueled by SAF since:
To achieve widespread SAF adoption and meet net-zero goals, SAF production and adoption has several key challenges to overcome. Strong consistent policy support will be essential to enable the transition to SAF for the aviation industry, and government incentives and mandates for SAF adoption are growing but are time-limited and vary among states.
SAF production facilities are still relatively limited compared to the global demand, while scaling up production capacity requires major investments. Until large scale production is reached, higher prices for SAF likely will result, especially after current IRA and LCFS incentives expire, making it less attractive for airlines operating on tight margins. Meanwhile, a growing awareness of the benefits and potential of SAF may result in an increased use of SAF.
The advent of SAF puts leading airports in a position to help influence the adoption of the broader aviation sector. Airports should be aware of these implications, notably:
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The ACT SAF Working Group has been actively supported by a range of airports and industry participants.
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