Using Cleaner Fuel: Amplifying the Adoption of SAF
Why SAF is a Cleaner Form of Energy
Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are considered cleaner because they are made from sustainable raw materials like waste oils, agricultural residues, or even algae. Unlike conventional jet fuel, which is derived from fossil sources, SAFs can reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70%, making them a more environmentally friendly option.
Scale and Demand for SAF
The adoption of SAF is a pivotal strategy in aviation decarbonization. However, one of the main hurdles is the current scalability of SAF production, which keeps costs high and limits widespread adoption. As the demand for SAFs increases, there is a need to rapidly scale up production to make them cost-competitive with conventional jet fuels.
Alternatives to Bio-Based SAFs
While bio-based SAFs have proven effective in reducing emissions, the sourcing of bio-based materials like agricultural residues and waste oils can become a bottleneck as demand scales. Therefore, there is a growing need to explore and scale alternative pathways to bio-based SAFs.
Synthetic E-Fuels as a Viable Alternative
One such alternative is synthetic e-fuels, also known as electro fuels. These are produced using renewable electricity to convert CO2 and water into hydrocarbons. This process, often referred to as "power-to-liquid," offers an opportunity to produce aviation fuel without relying on biological feedstocks. While still in an early stage, synthetic e-fuels have the potential to be produced at scale using renewable energy sources, offering a promising path towards the widespread decarbonization of aviation.
The Need for Scalability and Innovation
In summary, for SAFs and their alternatives to play a meaningful role in aviation decarbonization, scalability is key. This will require innovation in production technologies, significant investment in infrastructure, and policy incentives to make cleaner fuels economically attractive for shippers and freight forwarders.
Our Role as a Freight Forwarder in Boosting SAF Demand
To be a part in tackling this challenge, we at GEODIS have implemented a specific process and service. For the purpose of transparency, we calculate the emissions associated with each flight used for transporting goods. Based on this calculation, we offer customers the opportunity to balance these emissions by purchasing SAFs through a "book and claim" system. This system allows the purchase of SAF credits to reduce global emissions, thus creating a direct channel to increase demand for SAFs. By boosting demand, we aim to incentivize SAF producers to increase production, eventually leading to lower prices and more widespread use.