IATA Creates Global SAF Registry to Boost Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Airlines, OEMs, governments, and industry partners unite to track and maximise SAF use

Airbus offers free SAF ferry flights
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced (June 02, 2024) a new global registry to accelerate the adoption of SAF.

Seventeen airlines, one airline group, six national authorities, three Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and one fuel producer are already supporting the effort to develop the Registry.

This registry will track and account for emissions reductions from SAF use, benefiting airlines, fuel producers, and governments.

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IATA revealed the launch is expected in Q1 2025, as a step towards achieving net-zero aviation emissions by 2050.

Features of IATA SAF Registry

  • Airlines: Certify emissions reductions and claim environmental benefits.
  • Fuel Producers: Accurately account for SAF deliveries and decarbonization.
  • Governments: Track SAF usage, verify compliance with regulations, and update emission inventories

Wide Geographic Scope: Airlines can purchase and track SAF globally, regardless of production location.

Broad Application and Neutrality: Works with various regulations, SAF types, and industry standards.

Regulatory Compliance: Supports compliance with emissions trading schemes like Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

Data Standardization: Simplifies data processing for efficient use.

Cost-Effective Participation: Minimizes cost barriers for SAF adoption.

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