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Decarbonising Aviation: THE SUSTAINABLE WAY FORWARD

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The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global, multi-stakeholder independent organisation that drives the development of a new world bioeconomy through sustainability solutions, certification, and collaborative partnerships.

 

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY

The aviation industry requires effective and sustainable solutions to meet its commitments in the global effort to reduce the impact of climate change. While advances in air traffic management, infrastructure efficiency, and other operational measures will help to reduce emissions, aviation fuel will be the most important source of savings if the industry is to achieve its target of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction on 2005’s emissions levels by 2050.

Industry leaders are seeking to not only demonstrate that they can achieve significant emissions reductions, but that they are able to have a net positive impact on social
and environmental sustainability as well. Which is why, when moving to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), industry leaders look to partner with RSB, which offers unparalleled confidence in climate, social, and environmental impact — through its best-in-class sustainability standard for the entire SAF supply chain.

The only international market mechanism to offset and reduce carbon emissions in aviation is CORSIA: the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). RSB has adapted its best-in-class sustainability standard to incorporate the requirements CORSIA in its new RSB CORSIA Standard — which specifies the requirements for operators along the SAF supply chain

to produce SAF that comply with RSB’s sustainability requirements and is eligible under CORSIA — enabling aviation leaders to demonstrate that they are on the forefront of driving a sustainable transformation of this vital industry.

SAF — which can deliver significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while requiring no changes to existing aircraft and infrastructure — offer the most effective and immediate solution to an industry looking to decarbonise rapidly.

However, in order for SAF to be truly sustainable, a reputable sustainability certification is needed in order to demonstrate GHG reductions and an effective approach to achieving sustainable development goals without compromising social development and environmental protection.

RSB supports the development of SAF that promote social and environmental sustainability as well as safeguard food security. We do this by partnering with aviation initiatives worldwide, engaging airlines through membership, and helping supply chain companies achieve RSB certification for their bio-based and advanced fuels.

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