Frequently Asked Questions

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Despite the drop in global air travel due to COVID, aviation’s contribution to climate change is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, demand for jet fuel is expected to reach double pre-pandemic levels by 2050. By opening SAF investment to air transport customers and working with aircraft operators to increase their SAF update, SABA fills a significant gap in the effort to decarbonize aviation and incentivize new and additional SAF production.
SAF certificates represent the environmental attributes related to SAF, in particular the emission reductions that result from replacing fossil-jet fuel. SAF certificates will enable companies, organizations, and even individuals that can’t directly purchase SAF to buy the resulting emission reductions for use towards their climate goals – increasing the demand signal to the SAF market and incentivizing the production of more SAF.

SAF is a key enabler of the decarbonization of aviation but current use is negligible due to a variety of factors including the higher cost compared to fossil-jet fuel. Air transport customers are willing to pay the additional cost for SAF in order to unlock its emissions reductions but can’t buy SAF volumes directly.  Many aircraft operators also struggle to access SAF, due to generally low supply and availability at few airports. Creating a standardized SAF certificate system for verifying and tracking the environmental attributes of SAF enables companies and organizations that can’t access SAF volumes directly to contribute to decarbonizing the aviation sector with the assurance that they are paying for real, additional emission reductions.

SABA’s founding companies have each made ambitious climate commitments, which include reducing their emissions from business travel and cargo transport.

SABA will set a robust, yet practical sustainability framework based on the work done by experts at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This will ensure that SABA-eligible SAF is high-integrity, creating meaningful emissions reductions and safeguarding against any unintended negative environmental impacts.

SABA will build on recent company and airline efforts to address their aviation emissions through SAF purchase partnerships. It extends those efforts by providing a scalable, standardized approach with a robust sustainability framework and a transparent tracking and verification system.

The cost of a SAF certificate represents the price premium of SAF compared to fossil-jet fuel, after taking into account any government policy incentives, where relevant. It will take more time to accurately predict the prices SABA members will pay for SAF certificates because of a lack of transparency in the jet fuel market. However, for reference, SAF sells at approximately 2.5x the price of fossil-jet fuel today. One of SABA’s goals is to increase competition and price transparency in the jet fuel market, with the goal of reducing costs over time.

The price of carbon offsets can range widely but we do expect SAF certificates to sell at a premium to most carbon offsets at the outset. Although high-quality offsets still have a significant role to play, companies seeking to address their aviation emissions are increasingly targeting emission reductions within the aviation value chain when possible.

We thank you for your interest and your commitment to climate leadership! You can visit our Join SABA page for more details or email info@flysaba.org.

SABA is a joint initiative of RMI and EDF. RMI and EDF are both non-profit organizations.

SABA’s goal is for SAF certificates to be available to SABA members by the end of 2022.