High Integrity Sustainable Aviation Fuels Handbook: Environmental Defense Fund Announces Publication | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, LLC
The Environmental Defense Fund (“EDF”) has announced the release of a publication entitled:
The High Integrity Sustainable Aviation Fuels Handbook (“Handbook”)
The Manual is written by Pedro Piris-Cabezas.
EDF indicates that the Manual provides guidance and approaches to businesses, airlines, policy makers and fuel producers to:
- Effectively Advance the Use of Sustainable High Integrity (“SAF”) Aviation Fuels
- Support the decarbonization of flight
- Providing innovative solutions to industry challenges in the transition from fossil jet fuel to cleaner fuels
The Manual describes SAF as:
. . . Aviation fuel derived from a renewable source or waste feedstock that:
- Has been certified by ASTM International as safe for use in aircraft,
- Achieves significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional aviation fuel when assessed on a life cycle basis – the benefit is not in reduced emissions from combustion but from emission reductions achieved upstream of the fuel value chain; and
- Meets sustainability criteria.
Examples of SAF provided by the Manual to understand:
- fuels of biogenic origin;
- fuels derived from hybrid feedstocks with fossil and biogenic fractions such as municipal solid waste (MSW);
- green liquid hydrogen (no drop-in with existing engines);
- carbon-based recycled biofuels from, for example, gaseous effluents of fossil origin from the steel industry; and
- electrofuels or e-fuels (also known as power-to-liquids or e-kerosene), including bio e-fuels using a source of CO2 of biogenic origin, and e-fuels with direct capture of the air (DAC) with the CO2 directly captured from the atmosphere.
Key sections of the Manual to understand:
- What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?
- Future deployment of SAF
- Current SAF political landscape
- Market penetration and barriers
- Lessons learned to safeguard the environmental integrity of SAF claims
- Requirements for FAS
- Avoid double claims
- Approaches for Governments to Avoid Double Claims with CORSIA
- Recommended tips for SCS
- Recommended guidance for governments
- SAF Bonus Case Study
A copy of the Manual can be downloaded here.