High Integrity Sustainable Aviation Fuels Handbook: Environmental Defense Fund Announces Publication | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, LLC

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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:

  1. Has been certified by ASTM International as safe for use in aircraft,
  2. 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
  3. Meets sustainability criteria.

Examples of SAF provided by the Manual to understand:

  1. fuels of biogenic origin;
  2. fuels derived from hybrid feedstocks with fossil and biogenic fractions such as municipal solid waste (MSW);
  3. green liquid hydrogen (no drop-in with existing engines);
  4. carbon-based recycled biofuels from, for example, gaseous effluents of fossil origin from the steel industry; and
  5. 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.

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