IEA AMF Task 63: Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) (Working period 2021 - 2023)
Sustainable aviation fuels can reduce aviation GHG emissions. However, this potential remains largely untapped as such fuels currently account for only 0.05% of total aviation fuel consumption.
The main objective of the IEA AMF Task: Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) is to identify the main challenges in the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels in order to facilitate future market uptake. Examples of successful deployment and application will support the task member countries to develop their own market uptake strategies.
Under the leadership of Austria, the project will also promote the market introduction of sustainable aviation fuels in Austria and create the conditions for the reduction of GHG emissions in aviation.
To achieve these goals, relevant stakeholders and experts in the sector will be identified and contacted. The international status quo of sustainable aviation fuels will be researched and summarized.
The following topics will be addressed:
- Description of technology pathways and production facilities,
- current market situation,
- legal framework conditions and
- the expected development of sustainable aviation fuels.
In addition, the respective national situation of participating countries will be analyzed. In the course of these analyses, actors from research and industry are identified, raw material potentials are qualitatively described and national strengths in terms of e.g. technological competence are analyzed. Furthermore, the legal framework conditions and the national challenges for the market uptake of sustainable aviation fuels will be researched.
In the course of the work already mentioned, best practice examples will be identified. These will be processed and presented in a series of three online seminars.
The thematic focus is on
- feedstock and conversion,
- distribution and certification and
- markets and policy.
The target groups for these seminars are biofuel and aviation industries (e.g. airports and airlines), research centers, policy makers and universities. The recordings, presentations and a summary of the key messages will be made available online. To reach the interested population, project results and events will be shared via social media.
The international status quo, as well as the results of the national analyses and the online seminars will be summarized and published in a final report. The focus is on identifying the challenges in the market uptake of sustainable aviation fuels.
- Austria (operating agent)