IATA member airlines and the wider aviation industry are collectively committed to ambitious emissions reduction goals. Sustainable Aviation Fuel has been identified as one of the key elements in helping achieve these goals. Governmental support is essential to using sustainable aviation fuels to achieve the industry's climate goals.

  • Over 370,000 flights have taken to the skies using SAF since 2016
  • Seven technical pathways exist
  • 100 million litres of SAF will be produced in 2021 
  • SAF can reduce emissions by up to 80% during its full lifecycle
  • Around 14 billion litres of SAF are in forward purchase agreements
  • More than 45 airlines now have experience with SAF

Our vision

  • Support the aviation industry long-term climate goal
  • Increase the commercial deployment of SAF

Our focus

  • Engage with a wide range of industry and policy stakeholders on all SAF topics and facilitate cooperation and promote partnerships between them
  • Provide policy support at national, regional (e.g. EU) and international (UN) level to create the necessary framework for the commercialization of SAF
  • Work towards removing barriers to the realization of a cost-competitive SAF market
  • Promote the global harmonization of sustainability criteria for SAF
  • Educate and support producers on the technical certification process (i.e ASTM D1655 certification)
  • Establish forums for knowledge exchange and business networking opportunities for suppliers and consumers of SAF (e.g. Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium)

Do you want to learn more?

IATA offers training, tailored workshops and consulting services to help industry and government stakeholders learn more about SAF and to use it to its full potential.

The airline industry has played an instrumental role in advancing technical certification for sustainable aviation fuel to enable its use on passenger flights. The first commercial flights using SAF were performed in 2011. The aviation industry recognizes the importance of strong sustainability standards and notes that the environmental achievement for SAF is up to 80% over their full lifecycle.