Sustainable aviation fuels


One of the most exciting areas in the field of aviation environmental action is the continuing drive towards the use of sustainable aviation fuel. What began as a series of test flights in 2008 has now developed into over 100,000 commercial flights having been flown on these fuels, with this number increasing every day. You can see the latest number of flights that have taken place here

Sustainable aviation fuel represent a huge opportunity for aviation to reduce its environmental impact. These fuels, which are almost chemically identical to traditional fossil-based fuels, can be up to 80% less carbon-intensive over their lifecycle and can be synthesised using a number of sustainable, renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, forestry residue or municipal waste.

In 2016, two major sustainable alternative fuel initiatives were announced, with Oslo Airport becoming the first international hub to offer the fuel to all airlines departing the Norwegian capital and United Airlines becoming the first airline to operate all flights out of its base, Los Angeles, using the fuel.

The aviation industry has been pushing for the implementation of policies that would allow the commercialisation of these alternative fuels and allow the industry’s long-term emissions reduction goal to be realised. You can learn more about these fuels in the Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel.