Event Recap: ISCC Technical Stakeholder Committee Meeting Sustainable Aviation Fuels

On 27 October 2022, we held our 2nd ISCC Technical Stakeholder Committee Meeting Sustainable Aviation Fuels with around 230 participants from all over the world. The meeting started with the election of the new chairs. Congratulations to Karyn Jones (Gevo) and Daniel Chereau (IATA) for their new position as co-chairs of the committee!

The guiding question for the meeting was, “How can we best advance the adoption of truly sustainable aviation fuels, even if they are not currently competitive in the marketplace due to being significantly more expensive than fossil jet fuel?” All speakers agreed upon two main drivers: regulatory certainty and voluntary action. ISCC highlighted that its ISCC EU, PLUS and CORSIA certification schemes, under which SAF can be certified, are recognized under key policies as well as by the Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the industry-leading platform for corporate voluntary climate action. ICAO presented its recently launched Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ICAO ACT-SAF) initiative, which will facilitate collaboration among industry stakeholders. ECAC emphasized the need for SAF information sharing and harmonization of policies, recordkeeping, and double counting avoidance. American Airlines shared its plan to reach net zero by 2050, which consists of a reduction in overall fuel consumption, a goal of about 500 million gallons of SAF by 2030, fleet innovation, and investment in hydrogen projects. bp delved into the five main feedstock categories of oils and fats, municipal solid waste, sugar and grains, wood and agricultural residues, and renewable energy and carbon, their potential, limitations, and costs. Neste pointed out the value of SAF to various stakeholders, highlighting end users, business organizations, and individuals working to make a difference during the hour-long panel discussion with other representatives from ISCC, IATA, and SENASA. During the discussion, the four panelists agreed on the need for a level playing field, with the issue of whether there is enough feedstock to cover all industries and the resulting competition between markets identified as a concern. It was highlighted that the aviation market will likely rely heavily on SAF, unlike other markets that have other means of decarbonization. The question of how to define and, building on that, how to avoid double counting was discussed, as well as the probability and practicability of a global digital system linking different traceability databases. In line with this conversation, ISCC announced that we are currently developing a registry that will enable full end-to-end traceability and verification of SAF claims.

We thank all participants and speakers for their contributions! We look forward to bringing sustainable aviation fuels to the market together!

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