Delta Air Lines Spearheads Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Atlanta, Georgia - Delta Air Lines has taken a significant step in the aviation industry's journey towards sustainability by becoming a founding member of the Americans for Clean Aviation Fuels (ACAF). This diverse coalition, including key players from various sectors, aims to harness the economic power of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and promote its widespread adoption.Advertising
The Coalition's Composition and Goals
ACAF brings together a broad spectrum of industries, from aviation to agribusiness, including notable members like Airbus, Corteva Agriscience, Exxon Mobil, Growth Energy, National Business Aviation Association, and the Midwest Soybean Collaborative. The coalition's primary focus is on building a robust market for SAF, highlighting its potential to create jobs and drive economic growth in multiple sectors.
Economic Impact of SAF
According to a report by the Air Transport Action Group, transitioning to SAF could generate up to 14 million jobs globally. This includes 1.4 million jobs in production facilities and 12.6 million in construction, feedstock collection, and supply chain roles. SAF's adoption is seen as a critical lever in achieving a net-zero future, with the potential to reduce life-cycle emissions by up to 80%.
Challenges and Delta's Commitment
Despite its benefits, SAF's current production is insufficient to meet the global demand of commercial airlines for even a single day, and it costs 2 to 4 times more than conventional jet fuel. Delta is addressing these challenges by investing in SAF for its fleet and forming partnerships to signal demand, attract investment, and advocate for policy incentives to scale the SAF market.
Delta's Global Sustainability and Fuel teams have signed offtake agreements with various SAF producers for over 200 million gallons of SAF, aligning with their goal to use 10% SAF for flying by the end of 2030. These agreements ensure Delta's purchase of SAF under certain conditions, marking a significant stride towards their long-term goal of achieving net zero by 2050.
Delta Air Lines' leadership in forming ACAF and its commitment to sustainable aviation practices underscore the aviation industry's evolving focus on environmental responsibility and economic sustainability. The coalition's efforts to promote SAF usage not only benefit the environment but also promise substantial economic growth and job creation. For more information, visit Delta's website.