The Biden administration has declared its aim to curb 20% aviation emissions by 2030 to make the US a carbon-neutral country by 2050. Global aviation is facing pressure for environmental goals set up for the next years. Some airlines pressure on the American ones to expedite the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Nowadays, the SAF is made in little quantities using cooking oil and it could have 5 times the cost of kerosene fuel. President Joe Biden declared that this new industry needs to mitigate the high costs.
The plan is to reduce the production of domestic fuel from 4.5 billion gallons this year to 3 billion gallons by 2030. This plan finds the support of U.S. Airlines and together are targeting to become a neutral country in 30 years. Moreover, an agreement has been stipulated for the purchasing of Alder Fuel, a fuel produced by using forest and crop waste from 2025. The big issue would be expanding the production of this fuel also to fat, oil, and grease.
The administration announced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, under which the departments of energy, agriculture, and transportation will help the SAF development. SAF products must achieve at least a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Biden team’s approach to reducing aviation emissions is different from the European Union. If the EU is proposing new taxes on Kerosene fuel jets, Biden wants to focus on incentives to increase the development of this sustainable fuel production.