China Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Research Centre

China’s  Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) has launched its first technical centre dedicated to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Chengdu.

Marking a significant step towards greener aviation practices., the new SAF hub will focus on standard setting and product research, according to a report from Reuters. According to the report, the new technical centre is also setting up test facilities for new SAF products.

The new centre will establish industry policy and set standards for products and quality control with the CAAC also aiming to establish a Chinese certification system for SAF.

China is the world’s second-largest aviation market and uses in the region of 11% of the jet fuel used globally, however apart from a number of test flights China does not currently produce SAF commercially for domestic use.

China’s total aviation fuel consumption is likely to exceed 50 million metric tons per year by 2030 and the use of SAF could reach 2.5 million tons per year.

SAF can be made from sustainably sourced renewable waste and residues such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste, or processed from renewable power-based hydrogen.