Technical Article

All Roads Leading to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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First published in Decarbonisation Technology, March 2022

 

A spotlight on the main technology options to transition from fossil-derived jet fuel to SAF on the journey towards sustainable mobility.

 

Despite the unprecedented drop in global air traffic due to the Covid-19 crisis in the past years, passenger numbers and cargo volumes are anticipated to increase in the coming decades.

The International Civil Aviation (ICAO) has updated its growth forecast for global air passenger numbers post-Covid using three scenarios (low growth is 2.9%, medium is 3.6%, and high is 4.2% per annum). At the same time, aircraft and operational efficiency are expected to improve by 1.8-2.0% per annum.

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