UAE's SAF Initiative for Cleaner Skies

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The UAE adopts innovative solutions to address the challenges of energy, climate change, and other issues related to sustainability, translating its pioneering role in investing in the field of low-carbon energy, especially the production of sustainable fuel for aircraft.

The UAE is working to expand the use of environmentally friendly energy in the aviation sector to promote a clean sky policy by launching several qualitative initiatives and ambitious projects aimed at supporting the country’s goals and future vision as the country works with its regional, global and local partners to achieve sustainability in the aviation sector and accelerate its transformation. , to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and in line with the axis of “the path towards achieving climate neutrality”, within the “national sustainability” campaign, which was recently launched in conjunction with the preparations for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP28” from November 30. To December 12 of this year in Dubai Expo City.

General strategy

The fuel file in the aviation sector receives prominent attention in the national agenda of the UAE, as this interest resulted in the establishment of the Sustainable Fuel and Low Carbon Fuel Committee for the aviation sector in the UAE in 2020. The committee seeks to contribute to the development of a general policy strategy for the state on sustainable aviation fuel and low fuel. Carbon for the aviation sector encourages partnerships with the private sector and invites investors to invest in sustainable energy in the aviation sector.

Roadmap

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure kept pace with the UAE’s ambitious plan to become a regional centre for sustainable aviation fuel by launching the national road map for sustainable aviation fuel, which aims to accelerate work on decarbonising the aviation sector, contribute to achieving the country’s goals in climate neutrality, and enhance fuel efficiency. And maintaining it in one of the vital sectors that support national economies.

The map accelerates the decarbonisation of the aviation sector, transforming the country into a regional hub for low-carbon jet fuels. Sustainable jet fuel, which is produced using sustainable feedstocks such as municipal solid waste and renewable hydrogen, has the potential to reduce emissions.

For its part, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar” attaches great importance to the investment process in the field of sustainable aviation fuel, as this type of fuel is one of the most feasible solutions capable of contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions for the aviation sector, in addition to its ability to provide supplies to the markets.

Masdar supported the transition to sustainable fuel in the aviation sector by agreeing with Airbus, the largest aerospace and aerospace company in Europe and the world leader in this field, to support the development and growth of the global sustainable aviation fuel sector. Direct air capture technology captures atmospheric carbon dioxide and uses it with hydrogen to produce synthetic sustainable aviation fuel.

Great achievements

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, is committed to following the sustainability approach, which resulted in great achievements on the ground in 2022, as the company was able to achieve a 26% decrease in carbon emissions for total revenue per metric tonne, reaching 482 grams compared to 2019 results.

Last January, Emirates Airlines successfully completed the first test flight in which one of the two engines of the aircraft operated on 100% sustainable fuel (SAF) in partnership with Boeing and General Electric.

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Source: Globe Echo

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