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AMSTERDAM: The Smart Freight Centre (SFC) and MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) have produced guidelines to encourage airlines and their customers a greater use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

SAF is much more expensive to produce than Jet A-1 kerosene because there’s less demand. Less demand means less supply and therefore higher cost per gallon.

According to the authors, their publication explains how an airfreight shipper can benefit by making a financial commitment to reduce GHG emissions within its supply chain.

Called ‘insetting’ rather than ‘offsetting’, the guidelines describe a system that allows air carriers, logistics service providers, freight shippers, aviation fuel suppliers, business travelers and travel management companies to collaborate in order to pay the cost premium of SAF and thereby increase its usage – and eventually reduce its cost versus a fossil fuel alternative.

The guidelines include principles for a ‘book and claim’ chain of custody system to track aviation fuel environmental attributes; directions on accounting for the GHG emission reduction benefits of SAF; and default life cycle GHG emission factors for several different types of SAF.

Specifically, the accounting procedures clarify the distinctions between conventional aviation fuels and biogenic SAF as they relate to GHG emission reporting.
• Outline the fundamentals of reporting life cycle emissions for SAF.
• Provide detailed instructions on reporting SAF emissions to stakeholders in air transportation value chains.
• Provide detailed instructions on allocating the emission benefits of SAF, as bound by transport activity, between parties in the air transportation value chain.
• Describe how to avoid erroneous double counting of the emission reduction benefits of SAF.

“Decarbonizing air transportation is critical to achieving an efficient and zero-emissions global logistics sector,” commented SFC Senior Technical manager Dan Smith. “Smart Freight Centre is proud to have collaborated with the CTL in developing these guidelines to scale the uptake of SAF and reduce aviation GHG emissions."
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