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Climate Now Episode 165

July 1, 2024

Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Episode 1

Featured Experts

Beatrice Batty
Director of Fuel Planning at Epic Fuels

In this Episode

Aviation accounts for 12% of CO2 emissions from transportation and 2% of all CO2 emissions globally. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is fuel made not from petroleum hydrocarbons, but from other sources of carbon and hydrogen. These non-fossil hydrocarbons include waste oils, plant-derived oils, and more complex sources like woody biomass and municipal solid waste; even CO2 can serve as a source of carbon to make hydrocarbons.

Derived from all of these sources and more, approximately 160 million gallons of SAF were consumed in 2023 – a drop in the bucket of the 90 billion gallons of conventional fuel consumed globally that year. In the first installment in our series focusing on the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) landscape, we sat down with Beatrice Batty, Director of Fuel Planning at EPIC Fuels, the fuel supply division of Signature Aviation. Beatrice shares her expertise on aviation fuel and discusses the different methods for deriving SAF and why SAF is essential to meet the aviation industry’s net-zero goals.

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