Masdar and Boeing to Accelerate Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry in the UAE

Ahead of the UAE-hosted United Nations climate change conference, COP28, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, is teaming up with aerospace giant Boeing to drive the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and globally.

The partnership aims to further support the commercial aviation industry’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mohammad Abdelqader El Ramahi, Chief Green Hydrogen Officer, Masdar, and Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Boeing, during the recent Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2023.

Together, Masdar and Boeing will advance and support the development and adoption of SAF policies in the UAE and beyond. The companies will also explore advancing SAF accounting principles, which could enable the SAF industry to overcome geographical barriers as it scales.

Produced from sustainable sources such as green hydrogen, SAF can reduce carbon emissions over the fuel’s lifecycle by up to 85% in comparison with petroleum jet fuel. SAF is widely accepted today as a drop-in replacement for up to 50% of conventional jet fuel in today’s jet airplanes and offers the largest potential to reduce carbon emissions over the next 30 years in all aviation segments.

Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President of Boeing Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, said: “We are excited to team up with Masdar to spearhead the growth of the sustainable aviation fuel industry, both locally and globally, which will enable job creation, economic growth, and significant business opportunities. Adopting SAF is going to be aviation’s most powerful decarbonisation lever. Over a decade of collaboration between Boeing and the UAE in sustainable aviation is a testament to our shared goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.”