Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the US Government have launched an initiative to advance the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries.
The initiative will see the manufacturer collaborate with the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to sponsor an SAF project by the APEC Transportation Working Group looking at addressing several challenges in developing the industry in the 21 different APEC member economies.
Boeing said the initiative will address the availability of sustainable feedstocks for low-emission fuel, the development of SAF policies and accounting mechanisms and the discovery of new pathways, including the leveraging of existing industries and infrastructure to expedite SAF production.
Boeing’s chief sustainability officer Chris Raymond highlighted studies that had shown SAF as a crucial part of the industry’s net zero work: “This initiative helps deepen the partnerships that we have had for years with several countries to advance SAF.
“We will foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among APEC economies, all in pursuit of a safe and more sustainable aviation future.”
Boeing’s involvement in the initiative expands on its existing work to encourage the development of SAF across the world, building on a study with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials on the scaling of the technology in Southeast Asia, Ethiopia, South Africa and Brazil
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The company has also partnered with the APEC Secretariat to deliver regional webinars on SAF and joined the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany as part of its commitment to ensure all of its aircraft are capable of handling 100% SAF by 2030.
The initiative was signed by the different parties during APEC’s annual summit held in San Francisco and will hope to improve on the industry’s use of SAF, which currently represents just 0.1% of global jet fuel demand, by partnering with some of the world’s biggest economies.