AsBAA: SAF Infrastructure and Supply Needed in Asia

 - August 2, 2019, 11:33 AM
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) looks to add its voice to the growing clamor within the industry for more widespread availability of sustainable aviation fuels.

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is working with its fuel provider members World Fuel Services and Air BP to develop awareness of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), as well as the infrastructure required in Asia for its adoption. The association plans to advocate for governments and airports to provide the necessary refinery infrastructure to enable renewable aviation fuels to be priced at more attractive rates when compared to traditional jet-A1 fuel, to ensure Asia is in line with global sustainability goals.

The message is in line with 2017’s Declaration of the Second Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels, which recognized that “states and industry have the primary role in SAF deployment and that public-private partnerships have been, and will continue to be, instrumental to SAF deployment.”

“Asia is just beginning to address sustainability in this context; however, there is an opportunity for Asian airports to evidence the viability of aviation biofuel, and for airports to address the current lack of availability and related costs which are the major limiting factors,” said Zhen Dong Wu, the organization's current chair. “With the right governmental support, AsBAA believes that Greater China and Southeast Asia have an opportunity to expedite widespread adoption of biofuels and take the lead in bringing environmentally friendlier options to market.”