Currently, there are a few feedstocks (or sources) being used to produce Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). These include municipal solid waste, oils and greases, vegetation, waste gases and even through direct air capture. The ever-evolving and refining practices of feedstock producers play a crucial role in ensuring the sustainability of biofuels.
The Canadian Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (C-SAF) was created by support of the airlines that operate in Canada. The airline industry has committed Numerous industry reports have stated that in order for airlines to reach net-zero goals, SAF will play an important role in achieving this.
Increasingly, airports are setting sustainability targets not only for their own operations but are also working to reduce their scope 3 emissions. This would include the fuel that is consumed by airplanes. Airports can contribute to the ecosystem by providing support to airline tenants.
There is almost no SAF being produced in Canada today. In order to create a supply chain and aid SAF to lift off, the ecosystem will have to work cooperatively. We will need cooperation between all interested parties, including industry groups. The associations listed here (may be changed depending on placement) provide strength in numbers covering different components of the supply chain such as feedstock, airlines, airports, and business travel.
Fossil-fuel producers will continue playing a role in the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels. In order to meet their sustainability goals, these companies will need to increase their refining capacity to other fuels such as renewable diesel and SAF.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
In order to currently be able to actually use sustainable aviation fuels in airplanes, it is imperative that the engines can operate on different blends of SAF and jet fuel. Engine makers are also working on ensuring that their engines can run on 100% SAF in the future.
In order to have sufficient sustainable aviation fuel for the future, it is crucial that we move forward in all types of technology that create them. This includes technology such as direct carbon air capture or from industrial flues. This also means that we need continual improvement of industrial processes, especially in chemistry such as gasification, electrolysis, pyrolysis, and co-processing.
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C-SAF seeks to facilitate and accelerate the commercial deployment of SAF in Canada.
The Council will establish a platform for the SAF value chain to collaborate, connect and create innovative solutions to increase the scale and use of SAF in Canada. Join us today to get in contact and collaborate with different stakeholders working together to foster innovation, production, and use of SAF in Canada and in the rest of the world.