Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Safran and Singapore Airlines have committed to promote the acceleration of the development, production and consumption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
They have signed the Global SAF Declaration, which calls on industry partners from the aerospace, aviation and fuel value chains to jointly work towards the uptake of SAF as an important part of decarbonisation.
At present, SAFs are estimated to replace up to 50% of conventional fossil fuel-based kerosene as a drop-in fuel, helping airlines to reduce their carbon footprint.
However, to achieve a net zero target for aviation by 2050, it is estimated a production capacity of 50 million tons of SAF would be required.
Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines said: “The Global SAF Declaration reaffirms SIA’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. SIA remains firmly committed to our sustainability goals and has been actively advancing the use of SAF in Singapore together with our partners.
“Beyond SAF, we also use multiple levers to achieve our goals, including achieving higher operational efficiency and investing in new-generation aircraft. We will continue to collaborate with like-minded partners globally to work towards decarbonisation and environmental sustainability in our operations.”
Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Rolls-Royce plc added: “Signing the Declaration is an important milestone for the aerospace industry. We welcome the opportunity to push for more SAF use by coming together across the value chain. It is important that we combine our efforts and focus into building the momentum required to drive this forwards.
“We are all big advocates for the development of alternative propulsion solutions including hydrogen, hybrid-electric and electric and we also recognise that SAFs are a key building block to set us on our path towards achieving our long-term decarbonisation goals.”