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Decarbonizing Aviation With Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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Achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry will require rapid scale-up and deployment of sustainable, drop-in-ready aviation fuels.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has made headlines in recent months across the U.S. federal government and the aviation industry. With the September 2021 White House announcement of the SAF Grand Challenge, the federal government set ambitious goals for the ramp-up of SAF development and deployment, calling for production of 3 billion gal of SAF by 2030 and 35 billion gal of SAF by 2050, enough to supply 100% of U.S. jet fuel demand in 2050 (1). This ramp-up is central to decarbonizing aviation, both in the U.S. and across the globe (2, 3).

These goals reflect strong government and industry support for SAF use and represent over a decade of research and development into SAF production and deployment. Achieving these goals will require rapid growth in SAF production; 2021 SAF volumes stood at just over 5 million gal...

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