New industry roadmap says the UK could become a world leader in developing sustainable aviation fuels
17 Feb 2020
Earlier this month industry coalition Sustainable Aviation published a Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Roadmap that forecasts the role these new fuels could play in the future of the aviation industry.
The in depth report shows how SAF could reduce aviation emissions by almost a third, and similarly make up nearly a third of aviation fuel demand by 2050, in turn playing a key role in supporting UK jobs and exports.
Key findings from the report include:
- A 32% reduction in emissions from UK aviation is possible from the use of SAF by 2050, representing a CO2 saving of 14.4 mega tonnes/year
- 32% of the UK demand for kerosene could be met by domestically produced SAF by 2050, requiring 4.5 mega tonnes/year of SAF fuel production
- By 2035 the development of a domestic SAF industry could generate a Gross Value Added (GVA) of up to £742m annually by 2035
- 5-14 SAF plants in the UK could be producing a range of transport fuels and other chemicals by 2035, supporting up to 5,200 jobs
- The export market for SAF could be worth up to an additional £1.95bn/year to 2035
- This would bring the full value of SAF to £2.7bn/year from UK production and global exports