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An economic and environmental opportunity

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Nicole Sautter, director of global sustainability at American Express Global Business Travel, looks closely at how the business community is adopting SAF as a pathway towards decarbonisation.
The UK has an increasingly narrow opportunity to develop a domestic sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry than can help achieve its 2050 net-zero ambitions and create a long-term viable future for the aviation industry.
SAF is more than a critical pathway for sustainable aviation growth – it’s a pathway for economic growth. With the right regulatory framework and foundation for SAF to take off, the UK can establish a new, world-leading industry with potential for decades of economic growth.

Importance of SAF in the aviation industry

The economic importance of a domestic UK SAF industry cannot be understated.
In 2019, the UK had the largest aviation sector in Europe, with air transport and aerospace contributing £22 billion (€232 billion) to the national economy and providing nearly a quarter of a million jobs. A well-established SAF industry can protect the future viability of aviation – a critical part of the UK...

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