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19 May 2023

Leading Global Aviation Associations Publish SAF Book-And-Claim Guidance

19 May 2023  by biobased-diesel   

CoSAFA Fair Rules ensure regulatory bodies and aviation companies can rely upon the integrity of SAF book and claim. (Image: CoSAFA)

The Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (CoSAFA) introduced its “Methodology for SAF Environmental Attribute Transactions,” a first step in establishing publicly available, universally recognized procedures for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) accounting and auditing to support global book-and-claim systems.

The guidance details the information and procedures necessary for individual book-and-claim systems to transparently and credibly transact SAF’s associated environmental benefits.

“The transition to sustainable aviation fuels will be the greatest contributor to business aviation achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Claude Hurley, director of environment and flight operations at the International Business Aviation Council. “Book-and-claim systems are required for wider SAF uptake, especially in areas where it’s not yet readily available. We applaud CoSAFA’s efforts to develop this transparent, credible book-and-claim accounting and auditing methodology.”

With the aviation industry working to reduce emissions in a difficult-to-decarbonize sector and limited SAF supply, book-and-claim systems help create global access to the environmental benefits of innovative fuels, while maintaining the environmental integrity of SAF by using it closest to production.

CoSAFA’s methodology helps ensure the environmental claims made by using SAF within book-and-claim systems are both credible and transparent by creating a basic set of fair rules that:

Provide equal access to decarbonization solutions for all entities in the global aviation sector

Create a more attractive and stable investment environment for commercially viable decarbonization solutions

Ensure regulatory bodies and aviation companies can rely upon the integrity of book-and-claim transaction systems for decarbonization and sustainability-compliance requirements

Designed as a globally accepted set of practices, the CoSAFA methodology helps ensure audibility, prevent double counting and provide transparency on aviation sustainability and decarbonization claims.

“IATA and its airline members have committed to a net-zero target by 2050 and SAF plays a significant role in achieving that,” said Daniel Chereau, assistant director for climate policy with the International Air Transport Association. “To scale up SAF use, we need robust book-and-claim systems that are agnostic, credible and provide the necessary level of transparency.”

Curt Castagna, president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association, added, “CoSAFA has engaged a broad range of stakeholders in the development of this methodology, which provides the critical transparency needed in the development of fair rules for book and claim. Through continued collaboration across the aviation industry, CoSAFA can provide a unified foundation for SAF transactions.”



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