First stakeholders’ workshop on sustainable aviation fuels

10 May 2022 - A kick-off workshop aimed at feeding into the SAF best practice document was organised to identify barriers for SAF supply-and-use reporting, and claiming of CO2 reductions under different jurisdictions or schemes. The event welcomed representatives of IATA, ISCC - the sustainability certification scheme, and Fuels Europe, and featured inputs on regulatory developments from representatives of ECAC Member States France, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Potential regulatory barriers for the future claiming of CO2 emissions reductions by aircraft operators under the EU emissions trading system (ETS) and the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) were identified. It was highlighted that some national SAF supply reporting requirements to fuel suppliers result in airlines not having access to the SAF proof of sustainability to claim CO2 savings. Another challenge identified during the workshop was the need for SAF suppliers to comply with either the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) sustainability criteria or CORSIA criteria, depending on the final user in the same European SAF market.

The ECAC/EU Sustainable Aviation Fuels Task Group will continue working with stakeholders to seek possible solutions to the identified barriers and provide recommendations to all ECAC Member States to tackle them.