Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) are an important component of the global effort to reduce the environmental impact of air travel. Many countries have recognized the potential of SAFs and have taken legislative and regulatory measures to support their development and use. Some examples include:
Research and Development: California invests in research and development of SAFs through organizations such as the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) initiative. These investments support innovative technologies and help accelerate their commercialization.
Partnerships and Collaborations: California has been fostering collaborations between industry stakeholders, academic institutions, and government agencies to drive SAF development and adoption. Examples include the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), which brings together various stakeholders to promote SAFs and address technical, economic, and environmental challenges.
Incentives and Grants: The state offers financial incentives, such as grants, to support the production and use of SAFs. For instance, the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) offers tax exemptions and financial assistance for the development of advanced biofuels, including SAFs.
Climate Change Policies: California has ambitious climate change goals, which indirectly promote the use of SAFs by encouraging the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors. The state’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and the executive order B-55-18 set targets for achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.