U.S. airlines announce new sustainable fuel production goal
Airlines for America’s member carriers have increased, by 50 per cent, its 2030 target to provide 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel to U.S. aircraft operators.
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation representing the leading U.S. airlines, has announced that its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make three billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.
In March 2021, as part of a commitment to work across the aviation industry to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, A4A members pledged to work toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable SAF to make two billion gallons available in 2030.
Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America President in response to a White House roundtable on sustainable aviation. “We are proud of our record on climate change, but we know the climate change challenge has only continued to intensify. Accordingly, A4A member carriers have embraced the need to take even bolder, more significant steps to address the climate crisis. Today, I am pleased to announce that we are increasing our SAF ‘challenge goal’ by an additional 50 per cent.”
Calio highlighted the need for positive government policy support, including a $1.50 to $2.00 per gallon SAF blender’s tax credit; public-private SAF research, development, and deployment programmes, such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant programme under consideration by congress; and other collaborative initiatives, to help enable the U.S. aviation industry to reach its ambitious new 2030 SAF goal and its 2050 net-zero emissions goal.
“To get there, we must work together, both industry and government,” Calio further added. “These goals are important, but they are meaningless without action. A4A and our members are taking and are committed to action, and we are committed to working together, across this industry and with congress and the administration, to make these goals a reality.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. airlines were transporting a record 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tonnes of cargo per day while contributing less than two per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions. For decades, U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have been investing in increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and operating them in more efficient ways, improving overall fuel efficiency by more than 135 per cent year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). The equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A and our members have helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020.