Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Pursues SAF Usage Target

Airline leaders who gathered at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 67th Assembly of Presidents in Singapore recently, welcomed the robust recovery of air travel in the Asia Pacific region.

Reflecting the collective priorities and shared resolve of Asian airline leaders, the Assembly of Presidents also passed a series of resolutions covering sustainability, aviation safety, and regulatory impact.

The AAPA leaders have pledged to work together to strive for a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) utilisation target of 5% by 2030. The airlines disclosed their collective ambition, recognising that SAF production is nascent globally and only an adequate supply of SAF would effectively mitigate CO2 emissions in international aviation.

As post-pandemic global traffic recovers, the air transport sector remains firmly committed to addressing its carbon footprint in the long term, by embracing the global aspirational goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

To fulfil this objective, AAPA is calling on governments, fuel producers, airports, and other industry organisations to come together globally, to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and fuel the industry’s journey towards carbon neutrality.

“A harmonised global framework that enables the cost-effective supply of SAF is crucial for aviation to attain its net zero emissions goal by 2050,” said Mr. Subhas Menon, Director General of AAPA. “By highlighting their collective ambition on SAF usage, AAPA airlines are indicating the level of SAF demand as an impetus for governments to consider the necessary support initiatives for SAF supply, and for fuel producers to plan SAF production capacity, to meet the needs of the industry.”

“At the same time, a globally agreed accounting framework for airlines to account for their emission reductions, based on a chain of custody approach, should be in place. This will ensure that the relevant carbon abatement credits are properly attributed in the SAF supply chain from feedstock to production and use.”

Noting the crucial role played by conventional fuel suppliers in this initiative, Menon added that SAF is both essential and desirable for the aviation industry. In addition, SAF production represents a new growth and income opportunity for States as well as for waste, agriculture, and fuel industries, globally.