Sustainable aviation fuel producer World Energy has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the decarbonization of air travel through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel certificates (SAFc).
The 10-year agreement is the longest SAFc Book & Claim agreement ever signed and is expected to replace an estimated 43.7 million gallons of petroleum jet fuel with low-carbon SAF. The emissions reduction is expected to exceed 469,000 metric tonnes of CO2.
Katie Ross, director, carbon reduction strategy & market development, Microsoft, commented, “This agreement exemplifies the power of collaboration and technology in driving meaningful change in one of the hardest-to-abate sectors. Not only will it help to reduce our business travel and supply chain logistics emissions, but we hope this agreement will inspire others to take action and support the transition to alternative fuels that will enable a decarbonized aviation industry.”
The agreement will also help establish broader trust in digital monitoring and verification for SAFc. With SAFc, the fue’s environmental attributes are separated from the fuel itself and are purchased by a partner as part of their decarbonization program. The physical production and use of the SAF is tied specifically to the certificates, independently accredited, transparently tracked, and third-party verified using a digital chain of custody system referred to as ‘Book & Claim’. This enables both airlines and corporate leaders to support the decarbonization benefits of SAF without having to take delivery of physical fuel.