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Sustainable aviation fuel

Global climate change issues and decarbonisation of the energy and transport markets are driving the transition to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Almost chemically identical to traditional jet fuel, SAF can be used in existing aircraft engines and airport refuelling infrastructure with no required modifications to cut carbon emissions by up to 80 percent.

Globally, many airlines are committing to achieving net zero by 2050, which can only be achieved through the use of SAF. In Australia, Qantas has committed to using 10% SAF in its overall fuel mix by 2030 and around 60% by 2050.

Queensland is internationally recognised as one of the best locations to establish an Australasian SAF supply chain because this state already produces significant SAF feedstock such as, tallow, biomass and agricultural residues and has the potential to grow alternative feedstocks such as pongamia and carinata.

The Queensland Government is committed to establishing and fostering growth of the entire SAF value chain to ensure that both supply and demand can be met, and partner with industry to implement actions that will accelerate SAF production.

The Queensland Government commissioned Deloitte to undertake a SAF economic modelling report to understand the opportunities and the international policy settings that have created favourable conditions for developing commercial-scale SAF value chains. The report indicates that global demand for SAF could underpin a worldwide industry worth approximately $14–23 billion by 2030. This demand will increase as global travel grows.

Catalysing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Australia ( 134.9 KB)

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Last updated: 21 May 2024