Series 2: Technologies Episode 2

August 3, 2021

Clean Fuel: Jet Fuel

Featured Experts

Steve Csonka
CAAFI Executive Director


Steve Csonka

CAAFI Executive Director

Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) which serves as a liaison between the clean energy and aviation industries. Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 35+ years of broad airline and fuels experience, and a strong technical background in commercial aircraft/engine life-cycle, from design through operations.

In this Episode

Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, though this figure is expected to grow as developing parts of the world become wealthier and increase demand for air travel.

Experts have looked to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to decrease emissions as it can be used with existing jet engines and decrease CO2 emissions by 60-80% – moving toward 100% – and potentially become a negative emissions technology.

* Note: as of October 2021, the International Air Transport Association voted to strengthen the airline industry’s climate goals and set a net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 target.