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SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL (SAF) IN INDIA



  Apr 10, 2024

SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL (SAF) IN INDIA



What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)?

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a bio-jet fuel derived from renewable resources such as agricultural waste, municipal solid waste, and forestry residues. It can be blended with conventional jet fuel and used in existing aircraft engines without modifications. SAF has the potential to reduce carbon emissions from aviation by up to 80%.

How does SAF fit into India’s green energy strategy?

SAF is a crucial component of India’s green energy strategy, aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation sector. The Indian government has outlined plans to start blending SAF with aviation turbine fuel (ATF) beginning in 2027, aligning with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) CORSIA requirements. This initiative underscores India’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its ambition to lead in the global SAF market.

What are India’s targets for SAF blending?

The Indian government is considering a mandate for the use of 1% SAF by 2025, with plans to introduce higher blending targets starting in 2027. These targets are part of India’s broader strategy to adopt low-carbon fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.

How is SAF being developed in India?

In India, the development of SAF is a collaborative effort involving multiple stakeholders. For instance, Airbus and the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) have partnered to advance SAF technologies. All Airbus aircraft are currently certified to fly with a 50% SAF blend, and the company aims to achieve compatibility with 100% SAF by 2030. These collaborations are instrumental in scaling up SAF production and use in India, paving the way for a sustainable aviation future.


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