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Govt panel sets targets for blending sustainable aviation fuel with ATF from 2027

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Govt panel sets targets for blending sustainable aviation fuel with ATF from 2027

  • The National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC) establishes initial indicative targets for SAF blending.
  • A potential move towards introducing compulsory blending mandates.

Key Points

Indicative Blending Percentages

  • NBCC approves 1% SAF blending target in 2027 (initially for international flights).
  • Approval of a 2% SAF blending target in 2028 (initially for international flights).

International Context: CORSIA Compliance

  • Alignment with the mandatory phase of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) CORSIA.
  • CORSIA aims to offset carbon dioxide emissions growth beyond 2020 levels for international flights.
  • Role of Blended SAF in Emission Reduction
  • Significance of using jet fuel blended with SAF to maintain emissions within permissible levels.
  • India's non-participation in the voluntary phases of CORSIA but required compliance starting 2027.

The NBCC and Stakeholder Involvement

  • NBCC's role as an inter-ministerial panel overseeing the biofuels program.
  • Stakeholders include the civil aviation ministry, oil marketing companies, and NITI Aayog.

Characteristics of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

  • SAF produced from sustainable feedstocks, with a lower carbon footprint than conventional ATF.

Government Initiatives and Industry Collaboration

  • Collaboration between Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Praj Industries for SAF production.
  • SAF units at Panipat refinery and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals using various technologies.

Technology and Production Challenges

  • Concerns about technology and production costs for manufacturing SAF.
  • Uncertainty regarding government support or incentives for airlines and SAF manufacturers.

Prelims Takeaway

  • Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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