As part of its global drive to support the aviation industry in achieving decarbonisation through the use of alternative sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), RSB is turning its attention to China. With a domestic aviation market that is predicted to be the world’s largest by 2028 and overall industry growth in the country anticipated to outpace global levels annually until at least 2038, China will be key to unlocking global sustainability in aviation.
In a project made possible by the ClimateWorks Foundation, RSB is working with its member and partner MotionECO, to initiate the development of a roadmap for SAF in China that will help guide the trajectory of growth in the country along a sustainable path. RSB has years of experience working closely with the aviation industry to design solutions – including roadmaps, feedstock assessments, sustainability protocols and more – that are grounded in its best-in-class sustainability standard. MotionECO, a consultancy and trading company based in China, brings significant local knowledge and expertise to the project and will connect RSB to key role players across government, NGO, academia and business.
Combining RSB’s long-term global expertise with MotionECO’s local experience and hands-on capability, this initiative will assess the current status and potential of SAF in China, map key national and international stakeholders, and ultimately stimulate the development of a SAF roadmap via stakeholder workshop at the end of the year. The SAF roadmap is expected to advise on sustainability, feedstock, technical and policy pathways that will support the sustainable growth of the Chinese aviation sector.
Beyond the roadmap, RSB continues to support the bioeconomy across the region – most recently with the launch of RSB’s FIT Standard for the Japanese biomass for power generation.
Focusing on the SAF sector, RSB’s CORSIA Standard, which will be used to certify CORSIA eligible fuels, has been submitted to ICAO for recognition. RSB has been developing SAF projects globally in collaboration with the private sector, government and civil society. For more information on RSB’s work on SAF, please visit: https://rsb.org/aviation/
Source: RSB, press release, 2020-08-04.