With the aviation industry committed to building back better following the global pandemic, the good news is that sustainability remains a key topic of interest across the industry.
As a drop-in fuel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is one of the most promising solutions for decarbonising the aviation sector in the short term and will play a key role in meeting the industry’s decarbonisation goals. As such, we expect to see it being more widely available during 2022. The SAF that Air bp supplies, provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. Before being delivered to an airport, SAF is blended at up to 50% with traditional jet fuel. Certified as jet fuel, it can drop straight into existing infrastructure and aircraft. While the highest blend possible today is 50%, there are many initiatives testing 100% SAF blends in ground and flight tests to determine if it will be safe in the future to increase these blending limits. For example, jet engine manufacturer Rolls Royce and aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced in November 2020 testing of 100% SAF blends. Rolls Royce confirmed their first tests of 100% SAF in a...
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