Friday, September 24, 2021

Aviation sector pledges to increase use of greener fuels by 2030

About 60 companies in the aviation sector have pledged to increase the share of sustainable aviation fuels in the industry to 10 per cent by 2030, to help the world reach the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

The companies, which include airlines, airports and those reliant on corporate travel, plan to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels used to power the world's airlines.

“Hard-to-abate” sectors — including shipping, aviation and steel — comprise over one quarter of global CO2 emissions.

Lowering the aviation sector's greenhouse gas emissions is a continuing challenge for global policymakers.

Companies including Shell, Airbus, Bank of America, Boeing, American Airlines, Heathrow Airport, Iberia, TotalEnergies and Visa are among the 60 signatories to the pledge to accelerate deployment of sustainable fuels.

Sustainable fuels are made from renewable feedstock such as municipal and agricultural wastes. Such fuels have already been used on more than 250,000 commercial flights.

“Progressing the development and commercial deployment of sustainable aviation fuel is crucial to decarbonising the aviation industry,” said Sean Doyle, chairman and chief executive of British Airways, one of the signatories.

“Our announcement today to reach 10 per cent SAF by 2030 emphasises our commitment to the planet and prosperity. Upscaling SAF with a global approach will boost India’s economy,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and chief executive at SpiceJet, an Indian budget airline, which is also one of the signatories.

24/09/21 Jennifer Gnana/National

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