EDF, RMI and large companies launch an alliance to promote the decarbonisation of aviation
Today, RMI and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) launched the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) backed by founding companies Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix and Salesforce. SABA’s mission is to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by stimulating investment in high-quality sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), catalyzing new SAF production and technological innovation, and supporting member engagement in policy development.
Despite a temporary setback in global air travel due to COVID, aviation’s contribution to climate change is expected to increase in the coming years. Jet fuel demand could double pre-pandemic levels by 2050, according to the US Department of Energy.
“The Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance gives new impetus to existing partnerships between airlines and airlines that support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuels,” said Kelley Kizzier, vice president of the Global Climate program at EDF. “SABA will build on the work of these pioneers, many of whom are looking for a more scalable and standardized approach, by establishing an SAF certificate system with strong environmental criteria. Working with sustainability certification programs, this system will verify and track SAF emission reductions so that businesses, organizations and even individual travelers can meet their ambitious climate goals.
SABA is part of a much larger global effort to decarbonize aviation. The environmental community and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its members have championed the role of SAF for over a decade. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition have incubated many of the concepts that SABA is now implementing.
“We are excited to be working with the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance and like-minded initiatives to develop the SAF Certificate Registry System, which will help make robust SAF Certificates a reality for the wider community Clean Skies has worked so hard to build, ”said Christoph Wolff, Global Head of Mobility at the World Economic Forum.
“SABA will build on the solid foundation of these global efforts and develop a system that will allow SAF to grow at the same rate and scale as renewable electricity has grown over the past decade,” said Ned Harvey , Managing Director, Climate Intelligence, RMI. “The benefits of investing in SAF will go beyond the aviation sector, creating new clean energy jobs and new sustainable sources of income for farmers and technology innovators.”
Key aspects of SABA’s work will include:
- Education and political support: SABA will help its members navigate the technical aspects of the SAF and the SAF market, aviation emissions accounting and the SAF policy landscape.
- Technological innovation: SABA will assess emerging SAF technologies and work with like-minded organizations to help overcome barriers to scale and reduce costs.
- Investment opportunity: SABA will implement a rigorous and transparent SAF certificate system allowing air transport customers – and not just aircraft operators – to invest in high quality SAFs to meet their ambitious climate goals.
“The time has come to launch SABA now, as we begin to return to the skies and come together to celebrate Earth Day and support the US Climate Summit,” said Kim Carnahan, former US chief negotiator for climate change and director of disruption. Technologies at ENGIE Impact. “Today is just the start for SABA. We will be announcing new founding companies soon and plan to open wide membership to the COP26 climate conference in November 2021. ”
Visit business.edf.org/saba for more information. A recording of today’s webinar with the founding companies is available here.
“Boeing has been a pioneer in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality, and we recently set ourselves the ambitious goal of making our commercial aircraft capable and certified to fly 100% SAF by 2030. SABA offers us the possibility of reducing our emissions related to business travel. through SAF certificates, while encouraging more sustainable fuel production that will also allow access to others, ”said Sheila Remes, vice president of environmental sustainability at Boeing.
“We are proud to be a founding member of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance. BCG has set a bold ambition to achieve zero net climate impact by 2030 and we support efforts to scale up adoption of sustainable aviation fuels and decarbonize air travel, ”said Rich Lesser , CEO of BCG.
“We are proud to be a founding member of SABA and to support its efforts to consolidate and increase demand for low-carbon aviation fuel,” said Scott Corwin, Deloitte’s US leader for sustainability and climate change. “Efforts like SABA are important to harness the power of the market to set in motion and support the innovations needed to create a carbon-free future.”
“We are committed to advancing the development of new innovations that enable the transition to a low-carbon world,” said Marisa Buchanan, Global Head of Sustainability at JPMorgan Chase. “As part of JPMorgan Chase’s efforts to help our customers reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in our own operational footprint, we are delighted to join the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance to help accelerate the path to transportation. net zero overhead. ”
“Microsoft has a bold commitment to go carbon negative by 2030 and that requires us to create new innovative solutions and partnerships,” said Elizabeth Willmott, carbon program manager at Microsoft. “As a corporate buyer and strong supporter of high quality SAF, we are pleased to partner with companies leading climate action to support SABA’s mission to decarbonize aviation and ultimately d ” increase the production and adoption of AFS.
“You cannot stabilize the climate without decarbonizing aviation emissions. Air travel plays a big role in how Netflix entertains the world – we can’t produce movies, TV series, and nature documentaries without it. We are co-founding the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance to build a future where climate-friendly air travel is possible, and invite other companies to join the charge, ”said Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Business Development Manager sustainable netflix
“At Salesforce, the environment is one of our main stakeholders. Over the past year, the way we live and work has changed dramatically and, more than ever, we need to reinvent sustainable business travel and decarbonize aviation. As with any climate action, we need a holistic approach – rethinking when and how much we travel, going digital where possible, and in the long run, we need sustainable aviation fuel to play a critical role. in the control of atmospheric emissions. to zero net, ”said Patrick Flynn, vice president of sustainability at Salesforce. “We are proud to join SABA and help accelerate the path to net zero air travel. Together, we can build a more equitable and sustainable world. “