IATA urges governments to provide incentives for SAF production


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging governments to support Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production.

IATA estimates that 2022 SAF production will reach at least 300 million liters in 2022—a 200% increase on 2021 production of 100 million liters.

“There was at least triple the amount of SAF in the market in 2022 than in 2021. And airlines used every drop, even at very high prices!,” saysWillie Walsh, IATA’s Director General (pictured). “If more was available, it would have been purchased. That makes it clear that it is a supply issue and that market forces alone are insufficient to solve it. Governments, who now share the same 2050 net zero goal, need to put in place comprehensive production incentives for SAF. It is what they did to successfully transition economies to renewable sources of electricity. And it is what aviation needs to de-carbonize.”

IATA says that SAF production needs to reach 30 billion litres by 2030.

The association says that 450,000 commercial flights have now been operated using SAF and that 40 airline off take agreements have been announced.

IATA says that  the number of SAF refineries will grow by 400% by 2025 compared to 2022. 

The association says that governments need to provide incentives as they do with bio-diesel and bio-gas for ground vehicles.

Estimated SAF Production
2019: 25m litres
2020: 62.5m litres
2021: 100m litres
2022E: 300m-450m litres
Source: IATA

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