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What is sustainable aviation fuel and why are only 0.1% of flights powered by it?

Planes will need to carry high volumes of sustainable aviation fuel to make long-haul flights.

Sustainable aviation fuel ... Planes will need to carry large volumes in order to complete long-haul flights. Image: Unsplash/Philip Myrtorp

Ian Shine
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Graph showing the global carbon dioxide emissions from aviation.
Aviation is responsible for around 2.5% of global carbon emissions. Image: Our World in Data

The biological materials that can be used to make sustainable aviation fuels.
The biological materials that can be used to make sustainable aviation fuels. Image: CORSIA

Figure showing the carbon lifecycle diagram.
SAF made with biomass could come close to being carbon neutral. Image: IATA
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SAF offtake agreements over the past decade
The number of agreements to buy SAF is rising, but is still low. Image: World Economic Forum
Graphic showing the benefits and challenges of sustainable aviation fuel.
A broader range of feedstocks is needed to expand production and use of SAF. Image: EESI
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