First ECAC workshop on sustainable aviation fuels

29 October 2021 - The first ECAC Workshop on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), held virtually, focused on important international and European developments on SAF policies, including the ReFuel EU Aviation regulatory proposal, with speakers from ACAO, AFCAC, the European Commission, EASA, ECAC Member States, ICAO and the ECAC Secretariat.

Speakers from IATA, Copenhagen Airport, the World Economic Forum and the International Transport Forum of OECD also emphasised how SAF is an essential element of the aviation industry’s pathway to net-zero carbon aviation in 2050.

The workshop was organised following a request by ECAC Member States to share information on SAF at European level. It had also been considered among the activities of the ECAC Capacity-Building Programme for Environment. It coincides with the launch of an ad hoc ECAC SAF task group under the aegis of the European Aviation Environment Group (EAEG) – Expanded. The task group aims to develop ECAC guidance material to promote best practices and harmonised SAF policies in the Member States. The information shared at the workshop is expected to contribute to this ECAC technical work.

95 participants from 33 States and 9 organisations joined the event, which is expected to be followed by additional SAF events in 2022 under the ECAC Environment Capacity-Building Programme.