Roadmap for a Meta-standard for sustainable alternative jet fuels

Published: 30/08/2016

Sustainable alternative fuels are an important means to reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aviation. IATA and many airlines support the future use of sustainable alternative fuels and various airlines have already performed a series of commercial flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels. However, further support for sustainable alternative aviation fuels is needed for commercialisation. Important in this regard is a global standard for the certification of sustainable aviation jet fuel. The aim of this report is to provide background information on the proposed development of a Meta-standard for alternative jet fuel sustainability for the purpose of recognition under the ICAO GMBM.

Ecofys has reviewed existing regulatory and voluntary standards to produce a set of principles and criteria for a potential Meta-standard. Ecofys suggests a three tiered Meta-standard to reflect different levels of sustainability ambition: The minimum required Sustainable Jet Fuel  level sets criteria covering carbon stock and biodiversity protection, GHG emissions and additional environmental criteria (e.g. soil conservation, sustainable water use and air quality). Additional criteria (e.g. indirect land use change and social criteria) are suggested for the voluntary “Sustainable Jet Fuel Plus”  and “Sustainable Jet Fuel Premium”  levels. Within the research, Ecofys also presents a possible roadmap for the development of the Meta-standard under an ICAO GMBM.