IATA to Kind SAF Registry, with 2024 Manufacturing Set to Triple

Sustainable aviation gas manufacturing in 2024 is “on monitor” to triple in contrast with 2023, however the 1.9 billion liters produced would account for simply 0.53 % of the worldwide gas the aviation business wants for the 12 months, the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation introduced this week at its Annual Basic Assembly and the World Air Transport Summit in Dubai. 

Nonetheless, SAF stays crucial lever in reaching the business’s net-zero sustainability targets and is projected to account for 65 % of CO2 emissions reductions by 2050, IATA senior VP of sustainability and chief economist Marie Owens Thomsen mentioned. The opposite levers are offsets and carbon seize (19 %), new applied sciences (13 %) and infrastructure and operations enhancements (3 %).


This may take SAF manufacturing from 500,000 metric tons to 500 million metric tons, if we handle to do that. That sounds virtually not doable. However the world has achieved these kinds of challenges many instances previously.”

– IATA’s Marie Owens Thomsen


By 2050, Thomsen mentioned SAF manufacturing should improve by an element of 1,000. “That sounds staggeringly difficult,” she mentioned. “This may take manufacturing from 500,000 [metric] tons to 500 million [metric] tons, if we handle to do that. That sounds virtually not doable. However the world has achieved these kinds of challenges many instances previously.”

Thomsen gave the instance of wind and photo voltaic vitality, noting that not way back there wasn’t any of it round, and now it’s the most cost-effective type of vitality, “cheaper than any fossil gas,” she mentioned. “And the cash engaged in that course of is just like the cash we predict will have to be engaged in our course of. … Clearly what we’d like is robust and pressing public insurance policies for it and as rapidly as doable, after which we’re satisfied that [the production needed] is completely doable.”

“Incentives to construct extra renewable vitality amenities, strengthen the feedstock provide chain, and to allocate a higher portion of renewable gas output to aviation would assist decarbonizing aviation,” IATA director common Willie Walsh mentioned. “Governments may facilitate technical options with accelerated approvals for numerous feedstocks and manufacturing methodologies in addition to co-processing renewable feedstocks in crude oil crops. Nobody coverage or technique will get us to the wanted ranges. However through the use of a mixture of all potential coverage measures, producing adequate portions of SAF is completely doable.”

IATA has recognized almost 140 introduced renewable gas tasks with the aptitude to provide SAF by 2030. Europe had 58 tasks introduced. The Americas had been subsequent with 39 tasks, adopted by Asia-Pacific with 25, North Asia with 14 tasks, and Africa and the Center East with three tasks.

However not all tasks introduced essentially will attain ultimate funding selections, in response to IATA. Via the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group, governments set a goal of 5 % CO2 emission reductions for worldwide aviation from SAF by 2030. To realize that, about 27 % of all anticipated renewable gas manufacturing capability out there in 2030 would have to be devoted to SAF. At the moment, SAF accounts for simply 3 % of all renewable gas manufacturing, per IATA.

“The curiosity in SAF is rising, and there’s loads of potential. However the concrete plans that we now have seen up to now are removed from adequate,” Walsh mentioned. “[Governments] now have to implement insurance policies to make sure that airways can really buy SAF within the required portions.

IATA SAF Registry

IATA additionally introduced at its convention that it’ll set up a registry “to speed up the uptake of SAF by authoritatively accounting and reporting emissions reductions from SAF.” The SAF Registry is predicted to launch within the first quarter of 2025 and at present has 17 airways, one airline group, six nationwide authorities, three unique tools producers and one gas producer in assist of the challenge.

“Governments want a trusted system to trace the standard and portions of SAF used,” Walsh mentioned. “SAF producers have to precisely account for what has been delivered and successfully decarbonized. Company clients should be capable of transparently account for his or her Scope 3 emissions. And airways should have certainty that they’ll declare the environmental advantages of the SAF they bought. The registry will meet all these wants.”

The registry may have a large geographic scope and permit airways to buy SAF no matter the place it’s produced, in response to IATA. It will likely be impartial with respect to rules, forms of SAF and different specificities. The affiliation is working with certification organizations and gas producers to standardize knowledge for environment friendly processing.

It additionally will “assist airways meet rules,” guaranteeing compliance with SAF mandates and “offering transparency to authorities relating to emissions reductions,” and it’ll present safeguards in opposition to double counting and double claiming, in response to IATA.

Impartial governance will “make sure the system’s impartiality and robustness,” and participation within the registry might be on a cost-recovery foundation, in response to IATA.