Airlines for America (A4A) has announced that its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to aircraft operators in 2030.
The group, that includes United Airlines, Southwest, Delta and American, said this was part of a commitment to work across the aviation industry to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“We are proud of our record on climate change, but we know the climate change challenge has only continued to intensify. Accordingly, A4A member carriers have embraced the need to take even bolder, more significant steps to address the climate crisis,” Airlines for America president and CEO Nicholas Calio said at a White House roundtable on sustainable aviation.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that we are increasing our SAF ‘challenge goal’ by an additional 50%.”
Calio highlighted the need for positive government policy support – including a $1.50-$2 (€1.2-€1.7) per gallon SAF blender’s tax credit; public-private SAF research, development and deployment programmes, such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant programme under consideration by Congress; and other collaborative initiatives.
“To get there, we must work together – industry and government,” he said. “These goals are important, but they are meaningless without action. A4A and our members are taking and are committed to action, and we are committed to working together, across this industry and with Congress and the Administration, to make these goals a reality.”
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