oneworld supports global ambition statement for 10% sustainable aviation fuel by 2030

22 September 2021

The oneworld® Alliance has supported the World Economic Forum Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition’s 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030 ambition statement unveiled today, further signalling the importance of sustainability to oneworld.

oneworld, the first global airline alliance to commit to net zero emissions by 2050, is proud to be among the 60 signatories that have backed the coalition’s ambition statement. The alliance and its member airlines are strongly committed to playing an active role in the global pathway for SAF technologies to reach 10% of global aviation fuel supply by 2030.

oneworld’s support of the coalition’s ambition statement comes shortly after the global alliance unveiled its initial carbon roadmap on 31 August, charting the path to its net zero emissions target. SAF technologies, as the most feasible option to reduce aviation emissions in the near term, will be a key contributor in the alliance’s journey to be more sustainable. Advancing the use of SAF recognised by ICAO-approved schemes will be a focus for the alliance, which is committed to be an advocate of industry action to decarbonise aviation. oneworld’s sustainability efforts are spearheaded by the alliance’s Environment and Sustainability Board, chaired by IAG Head of Sustainability Jonathon Counsell and with representation from all member airlines.

Together with its member airlines, oneworld stands ready to collaborate with stakeholders to expand and promote the use of SAF and is calling for the implementation of policy settings to incentivise and grow SAF production. Targeted investments, support mechanisms, financial grants and regulations have the potential of enabling the industry’s transition to SAF.

oneworld Governing Board Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “As the leading airline alliance at the forefront of environmental sustainability, oneworld is proud to support the World Economic Forum in its ambition statement for sustainable aviation fuel. We are committed to working with our partners to play a role in this important journey and call on all stakeholders for their active support towards the usage of SAF that is available at commercial scale, affordable and certified under the schemes recognised by ICAO and other relevant authorities.”

oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said: “Sustainability is at the core of oneworld’s priorities and our backing of this important ambition statement today further underlines our commitment. Expanding the use of SAF will be crucial in decarbonising aviation in the near term but we recognise no airline can do it alone. We believe that our support of the coalition’s statement will create further momentum for the industry’s efforts in sustainability and hope it will galvanise others to take action.”

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