U.K.-based SAF technology developer Velocys in February announced a new consortium of growth investors have infused the company with $40 million of growth capital as part of take-private transaction completed in January.

The consortium of investors includes Carbon Direct Capital, Lightrock, GenZero and Kibo Investments. In a statement released Feb. 12, Velocys said the $40 million in growth capital will be used to accelerate delivery of the company’s proprietary technology to customer projects while further building its technology leadership, scaling its production, and enhancing the breadth and depth of the team’s expertise.

In 2023, Airbus used more than 11 million litres of SAF in its operations – two times the volume of 2022. This exceeded the initial 2023 target of 10% of the total fuel used across Airbus’ divisions by more than a million litres and accounted for 2% of all SAF produced in the world over the year! This achievement contributed to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 23.587 tonnes.

Read more about the different areas that were covered in their SAF usage:
• Transport and operations
• Employee travels
• Flight tests
• Aircraft deliveries
• Working with partners has announced that it will use a blend of SAF at Bristol Airport in 2024, almost a year ahead of the UK’s Government’s SAF mandate which is due to be introduced from 2025.

The UK’s third largest airline has purchased over 300 tonnes of SAF from Q8Aviation, which will be used to add a 1% SAF blend onto a number of departing flights from Bristol Airport this year. The total emissions of the SAF that has purchased are at least 70% lower than those of conventional aviation fuel.

As well as realising these benefits, using a SAF blend in 2024 means that can prepare its operation ahead of the UK SAF mandate, which will be introduced from 1st January 2025. As part of this mandate, airlines have been set a target that at least 10% of jet fuel should be made from SAF by 2030.

A multimillion-pound scheme to construct a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility, which could create hundreds of jobs in Port Talbot, looks set to receive the go-ahead.
Per year, it will produce about 100 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel. The SAF produced will replace about 1 per cent of the fossil jet fuel used in the UK. According to the application, a total of 405 net additional FTE positions could be generated each year across the wider impact area during the construction stage. This is inclusive of 220 jobs in the local impact area.

The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonise the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fuelled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

The Singapore Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint was launched on 19 February. It was developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in consultation with industry and other stakeholders and aims to decarbonise the country’s aviation sector. Under the blueprint, CAAS will work with aviation stakeholders to reduce domestic aviation emissions from airport operations by 20% by 2030 when compared to a 2019 baseline. The program aims to achieve net-zero domestic and international emissions by 2050.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production doubled in 2023, however more needs to be done if the aviation industry is to reach its 2050 net zero goal, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

According to IATA, estimates released on 6 December 2023, SAF volumes in 2023 reached more than 600 million litres (0.5 metric tonnes) – double the 300 million litres produced in 2022 – but accounted for just 3 per cent of all renewable fuels produced, with 97 per cent of renewable fuel production going to other sectors.

In 2024, SAF production is expected to triple to 1.875 billion litres, accounting for 0.53 per cent of aviation’s fuel need, and 6 per cent of renewable fuel capacity, according to IATA figures.

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has successfully completed compatibility testing of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on all its in-production civil aero engine types. This fulfils its commitment made in 2021 to demonstrate there are no engine technology barriers to the use of 100% SAF. Testing has involved a variety of ground and flight tests to replicate in-service conditions. All the tests confirmed the use of 100% SAF does not affect engine performance.

Andreea Moyes, Air bp’s Global Head of Sustainability, believes that Air bp has a lot it can bring to the table that will be crucial in developing the global scale for SAF. These areas include deep experience in aviation fuel distribution, technology and production.

IFM Investors Pty, the Australian asset manager with stakes in airports from Sydney to London, plans to spend more than A$1 billion ($651 million) ramping up domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel.

Depending on the amount of feedstock available to make the fuel, IFM’s investment — one of the largest financial commitments yet in an area that’s key to decarbonizing air travel — could swell to A$2 billion within five years, Danny Elia, the firm’s global head of infrastructure asset management, said. IFM aims to propel use of the cleaner-burning jet fuel to 10 percent of Australia’s total by 2030.

Travel management company ATPI is poised to sign a deal that will enable its clients to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from one of the world's leading producers, Neste.

Pippa Ganderton, product director of the TMC's sustainability offering ATPI Halo, confirmed the imminent partnership at the Institute of Travel Management's Road to Net Zero event this week. In a post on the company's website in January, ATPI said its partnership with Neste would "significantly enhance the versatility of carbon reduction solutions" for its clients.

Airbus and TotalEnergies have signed a strategic partnership to meet the challenges of aviation decarbonisation with sustainable aviation fuel.

In line with the objective of achieving net carbon neutrality of aviation by 2050, this partnership aims to contribute to the reduction of the sector's CO₂ emissions, in which Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) play a key role. SAF supplied by TotalEnergies can reduce up to 90% CO₂ emissions over lifecycle compared to their fossil fuel equivalent.

British Airways parent IAG has signed a long-term deal with a producer of sustainable fuel made from CO₂, water and renewable energy. IAG bought 12% of the world's SAF last year. The 785,000 tonnes of fuel, known as e-SAF, will be delivered to IAG’s airlines, which also include Aer Lingus, Iberia, Vueling and Level. IAG said the deal was cumulative over 14 years.

IAG has committed to 10% SAF use by 2030 and said it now had one-third of the supply needed to reach this target.
"The significant ramp up is from 2029 when it will be 80,000 additional tonnes per year, taking our 2030 total commitment from 250,000 tonnes to 330,000 tonnes – one third of our 2030 commitment," said IAG.

Air France–KLM, (Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Transavia) is the world’s largest SAF) user for the second consecutive year, according to the airline group’s recent sustainability report. To reach its targeted share of SAF consumption of at least 10% by 2030, it signed a series of agreements with producers.

In 2022, Air France-KLM was the world’s largest SAF user, consuming 17% of the entire global supply, compared to only 3% of fossil fuel. This year the group’s members consumed around 80,000 metric tons of SAF altogether – almost twice as much as in 2022,

Emerging carbon pricing mechanisms and market-based incentives propel airline investments in sustainable aviation fuels. Financial rewards for carbon reductions drive adoption beyond regulatory mandates. Pioneering research into new feedstock sources, like municipal solid waste or algae, promises scalable and cost-effective production methods. These alternative sources expand the feedstock base for sustainable aviation fuel production.

As the aviation industry works towards a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is viewed as one of the key enablers. GE Aerospace has announced that since 2016, it has tested 10 different engines produced by it and its joint ventures on 100 percent SAF.

Ryanair and Enilive have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the long-term supply of Enilive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at selected Ryanair airports across Italy, further advancing the airline’s Pathway to Net Zero by 2050 decarbonisation strategy.

This agreement with Enilive would enable Ryanair to access to up to 100,000 tons (33m gallons) of SAF between 2025 and 2030 (equiv. to 20,000 flights from Milano Malpensa Airport to Dublin).

Trinity College Dublin and SMBC Aviation Capital have announced the Trinity College Dublin SAF Research Facility at SMBC Aviation Capital. The research facility will focus on the research, development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs).

This adds a fresh dimension to Trinity's work on SAFs, which now involves four main projects with a shared goal of making air travel better for the planet.

Brussels Airport is set to incentivise airlines to adopt the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The SAF incentive programme will be made available “in the course of 2024” to all passenger and cargo airlines, including short-haul and long-haul flights, departing from Brussels Airport.

The programme is part of a €2 million government scheme to finance projects designed to make aviation more sustainable and comes after the Belgian government in late 2023 accepted the airport’s proposal for an incentive to boost SAF usage.

The December 2023 ICAO Conference on 'Aviation Alternative Fuels' underlined the key role of SAF, as States agreed on a Global Vision to deliver a reduction of 5% in the carbon intensity of international air transportation by 2030 using SAF and LCAF (lower carbon aviation fuel).

Advanced Fuel Fund winning projects will help create up to 10,000 green jobs by 2035 and enhance the economy by around £1.8 billion a year.

If you missed the online launch webinar, you can now catch up on the recording to hear directly from the UK SAF Clearing House team, Department for Transport and industry partners about the UK Government’s ambition to build a thriving SAF production industry and the support available for fuel producers.

The first transatlantic flight by a large passenger plane powered only by alternative fuels has landed in the US.

Operated by Virgin Atlantic, it flew from London's Heathrow to New York's JFK airport.

Airlines see the flight, which is supported by government funding, as demonstrating that a greener way of flying is possible.
But a lack of fuel supply remains a challenge, while other technology will be needed to hit emissions targets.
The flight was a one-off of its kind so far, and is not carrying fare-paying passengers.

MEPs approved a new law in September to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels, such as advanced biofuels or hydrogen, in the aviation sector.

The RefuelEU aviation rules are part of the “Fit for 55 package”, the EU’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and to ensure the EU becomes climate neutral by 2050. They seek to encourage the aviation sector to use sustainable aviation fuels in order to cut emissions.

Bio-based aviation fuel reduces the number of ultrafine particles, improving air quality. That is one of the conclusions drawn from a large-scale international experiment at Copenhagen Airport.

Researchers measured an aircraft with 34 percent bio-based fuel, SAF, in the tank while it was taxiing between the runway and the gate at the airport. Ground measurements show a reduction in the emission of ultrafine particles by about 30 percent.

Farnborough Airport in the UK has announced the sale of its millionth litre of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Having begun to offer SAF to all its customers in 2021, Farnborough Airport has become one of the largest single-site suppliers of SAF to the business aviation community in the UK. It also became the first airport in the world to offer SAF at the same price as its standard Jet A1 fuel during the lead up to the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow.

DfT announced on 4 September 2023 that it is committed to introducing a revenue certainty mechanism to support SAF production in the UK and boost its uptake, giving producers greater assurance about earnings from the SAF they produce.

DfT will launch a consultation on the design and delivery of the scheme to bolster the development of SAF and drive further investment. The revenue certainty scheme, which is intended to be funded by industry, will give the aviation sector the launchpad to confidently invest in SAF and transition away from fossil fuel reliance.

A new £1.5bn Teesside plant that will convert up to one million tonnes of household waste into jet fuel each year is planned to be operational in 2028.

This news article covers the agreement between the Parliament and Council in a bid to decarbonise the aviation sector.

The proposal aims to increase both demand for and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), while ensuring a level playing field across the EU air transport market. Key elements and the main amendments to the Commission's proposal for SAF are also included. 

It is a major proposal which aims to put air transport on the trajectory of the EU’s climate targets for 2030 and 2050, as SAF are one of the key short- and medium-term tools for decarbonising aviation.