ICAO Marks First Certification of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Under CORSIA Standard

SAF produced for certification cuts CO2 emissions by 75 percent or more, according to the agency.

The ICAO said recently produced batches of SAF cut CO2 emissions by 75 percent or more. [Credit: Shutterstock]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) have been certified for the first time under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, known as CORSIA.

The occasion marks a milestone for SAF production and for wider climate action within the aviation industry.

Three companies, Neste in the Netherlands, World Energy in the United States and Ecochem in China, produced nine batches of SAF representing about 1,700 tons of CO2 emissions reduction. The SAF was certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards, ICAO said.

“The successful certification of these sustainable aviation fuels ensures that they present real environmental benefits on a life cycle basis, and it also confirms the performance of the certification process itself,” said ICAO council president Salvatore Sciacchitano. “This milestone shows that CORSIA global framework for sustainability assessment is robust and ready to support the achievement of ICAO’s goals on climate change.”

The fuels produced under CORSIA were made from waste materials and resulted in CO2 emissions 75 percent to 84 percent lower than those associated with conventional aviation fuels, according to ICAO.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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