Accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels in Africa

Addis Ababa, 3-5 July 2023 — The ECAC Secretariat gave a presentation at the first African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) Workshop on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), on ECAC’s SAF guidance material published in February 2023, and the organisation’s current work to support European and other partner States in promoting SAF.

The workshop’s three-day programme addressed a broad range of topics. These included the challenges in developing SAF value chains (feedstocks, production and certification, sustainability criteria, etc.), case studies on SAF promotion in Africa, and policy frameworks implemented by various AFCAC partners, including ECAC.

The workshop was organised under the AFCAC Capacity-Building Programme on Acceleration of Development and Deployment of SAF in Africa and supported by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as by the African Union Commission (AUC), the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) and Ethiopian Airlines for its organisational aspects.

ECAC participated in discussions with over 120 participants from 28 African States and nine organisations. ECAC has a long-standing cooperation with AFCAC, which has been strengthened on environmental matters via in particular its Capacity-Building Programme for Environment.