Ricardo to aid EASA develop SAF Clearing House

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that it has selected environmental and engineering consulting firm Ricardo to lead the consortium to develop the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Clearing House.

“The demand  for SAF will grow ever more to meet the goals set in the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation and increasingly reduce the emissions from aviation. Via the EU SAF Clearing House, EASA wants to ensure that the fuel industry gets the support needed to succeed in developing SAF for aviation, so that their innovation efforts are not in vain and more SAF is brought to the market,” said Maria Rueda, Strategy & Safety Management Director, EASA.

The consortium includes Trinity College Dublin, Intertek, Politecnico di Torino, ENVISA, and Spark Legal and Policy Consulting.

As the lead in the project, Ricardo has been tasked to develop a network of European and international testing facilities and guide fuel producers in assessing the environmental impacts of their products and in meeting strict eligibility criteria.

The EU SAF Clearing House is currently testing the first batch of SAF.

Earlier in April, Ricardo also said that it supports the launch of UK Clearing House for SAF.

Moreover, it also joined the UK Government as delivery partner for the Advanced Fuels Fund which allocated over £135m for the development of SAF production plants in the UK.