The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) has welcomed World Energy as a strategic associate member.

World Energy is one of a growing number of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) suppliers to join ATAG.

The move highlights the importance of collaboration in ramping up SAF availability as the aviation sector scales up its energy transition.

ATAG unites airlines, airports, airframe and engine manufacturers, air navigation service providers and sustainable energy providers around a common mission to help drive aviation towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. An important element of this strategy is the use of SAF, for which the scale up in production is essential.

World Energy has been at the forefront of commercialising renewable fuels for over 25 years and was the world’s first commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel producer.

Speaking at its General Assembly in Geneva, ATAG’s Executive Director, Haldane Dodd, remarked that transitioning away from fossil-based energy sources to sustainable alternatives cannot be achieved by the air transport sector in isolation.

He said: “Aviation is committed to decarbonising and shifting away from fossil fuel usage by mid-century. The sector has a collective goal – reached through the UN – that aviation fuel should be 5% less carbon intensive by 2030.

“In addition, we studied various 2050 decarbonisation scenarios as part of our Waypoint 2050 analysis. All of these rely heavily on SAF and therefore working together with investors, governments and pioneering sustainable aviation fuel producers such as World Energy is key to achieving our commitments and responding to customer demand.

“SAF is an exciting sector providing clean energy employment and investment opportunities on a global scale. It has a future beyond today’s fossil fuel production.”

World Energy’s CEO, Gene Gebolys, said: “As a pioneer in commercialising sustainable aviation fuel for over a decade, we are well aware of the power of collaboration. We are thrilled to be joining ATAG to align more effectively with the aviation community to decarbonise flight.

“As one of the world’s only suppliers in the nascent global SAF industry, World Energy is committed to scaling the market and is making significant investment in SAF production with a goal of producing 1 billion gallons annually by 2030. But only by working together within groups of leaders like ATAG will we achieve our individual and collective objectives.”

World Energy SAF is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and is CORSIA-compliant. World Energy’s technology produces SAF from 100% Hydro processed Esters and Fatty Acids (pure neat HEFA) with zero added aromatics, lower sulphur and significantly reduced particulates compared to fossil-based jet fuel.

SAF has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% today across the lifecycle of the fuel, compared to conventional jet fuel.

By joining ATAG, World Energy demonstrates its determination to work with all sectors of the air transport value chain and to share expertise, thereby helping aviation to transition towards sustainable aviation fuel and achieve net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century.
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