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Boeing Fuels Drive For Sustainable Aviation

By Outlook Planet Desk December 06, 2023

Boeing fosters global collaboration, research, and policy development to scale sustainable aviation fuels, reduce emissions and propel aviation towards a greener future

Boeing Fuels Drive For Sustainable Aviation
Strategic collaborations with Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, underscore Boeing's commitment to fostering SAF policies in the UAE and beyond. Shutterstock
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In a resolute push to revolutionise the aviation industry's environmental footprint, Boeing is spearheading a worldwide campaign to amplify the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).

This strategic initiative, identified as the most impactful approach to curtailing emissions, takes centre stage in Boeing's mission to galvanise collaboration, research, and policy development on a global scale. Addressing the imminent need for a greener trajectory, SAF has the potential to slash lifecycle CO2 emissions by an impressive 85 percent.

Despite its pivotal role, the widespread utilisation of SAF grapples with two formidable challenges: restricted supply and soaring costs. Currently, SAF represents a mere 0.1 percent of the global demand for jet fuel.

In a ground-breaking move, Boeing has partnered with energy leaders and aviation stalwarts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to birth Air-CRAFT, a consortium dedicated to propelling research, scaling, and production of renewable and advanced aviation fuels.

Air-CRAFT's ambitions include spearheading a United States initiative to champion SAF development among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member nations, collaborating with Zero Petroleum to test cutting-edge technologies expediting SAF supply, and actively participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels.

Boeing's strides towards sustainability further manifest through its participation in the Corporate Coalition for Innovation and Technology towards Net Zero (CCITNZ). In a pioneering effort, Boeing has provided technical expertise for Virgin Atlantic's project, facilitating the first 100 percent SAF flight across the Atlantic on a commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Strategic collaborations with Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, underscore Boeing's commitment to fostering SAF policies in the UAE and beyond.

As the momentum builds, Boeing looks to the future at COP28, maintaining a steadfast focus on global SAF scaling.

The aviation titan's roadmap includes intensive industry collaboration and policy advocacy, investments in product compatibility work to ensure full SAF compatibility for Boeing's commercial aeroplanes by 2030, and substantial SAF purchases, with a commitment to acquiring 7.6 million gallons for U.S. commercial aeroplane operations since 2022. Boeing's resolute efforts underscore its commitment to navigating the aviation industry towards a sustainable and greener future.

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