Canada's Green Research Network Sees SAF Opportunities

 - March 16, 2020, 2:38 PM

A recent report from Canada’s Green Aviation Research & Development Network (Gardn) showed that slowly growing use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will help facilitate the country’s aviation industry goal of a 2.6 megaton reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and could eventually account for 98 percent of that total reduction.

Over its production cycle, SAF can result in CO2 emission reductions of more than 85 percent compared to conventional jet fuel, and the report stated that while the fuel is not is yet commercially available in Canada for the time being, this growing sector represents many business opportunities worldwide and that a major effort must be made towards its development.

A non-profit organization, Gardn has funded 19 collaborative technology research projects to a total value of more than $20 million (CDN) that could help address environmental issues related to the aviation sector, such as greenhouse gas emissions, fuel burn, noise pollution, non-volatile particulate matter, and NOx emissions, among others.

“These collaborative projects have led to groundbreaking innovations along the supply chain and have helped transform ideas into economic value,” said Kateryna Derkach, Gardn’s director of strategy and sustainability. “By integrating cross-sectoral strengths that accelerate the development of sustainable alternatives to aircraft design, engines, avionic systems and most importantly aviation fuel, Canada would position itself as a leader in the sector.”