High-altitude aircraft flying towards a sustainable future, symbolizing the role of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in reducing carbon emissions. Explore our whitepaper 'Fueling the Future of Aviation' for insights into SAF and alternative propulsion technologies.


Beyond CO2: Fueling the future of aviation.


How can aviation reduce CO2 emissions?

Our joint study with H&Z Group reveals that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a key solution, but multiple strategies are necessary.

The joint study by H&Z and CBR “Fueling the future of aviation” provides a holistic picture on the current status of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), related alternative propulsion technologies and the impact on the airline industry.

The aviation industry is well-and truly in the spotlight. Greenhouse gas emissions from
international aviation have increased by about 130% over the past two decades, the
biggest increase in the entire transport sector.

Major topics around the central question of how alternative fuels can help to achieve the goal of zero emissions are addressed, amongst others:

  • Does SAF keep up to its promises to be the “silver bullet” for “Green Flying”?
  • How does SAF fit into the new mobility mix of air travelling with alternative propulsion technologies such as hydrogen and electric based in the future?
  • How must airlines not only secure the access to get portions of limited SAF but decide which propulsion technology has a superior efficiency in terms of ecological footprint and cost position for their flight route planning?
  • What is the expected availability of SAF volumes and how will it be produced, where and when?
  • What are the impacts on the other players in the airline industry?

"No doubt, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is one if not the key element for the reduction of aviation-related carbon emissions. Despite demonstrated in-flight usability and approved production pathways using sustainable resources (such as waste oils from biological origin, agricultural residues, or non-fossil CO2), the availability of substantial SAF volumes is still low"

One thing is for sure, the emerging SAF market embedded in highly supportive regulations creates changes to existing market conditions. New opportunities to generate financial return, to implement sustainable air transport operations and meet customer expectations for carbon friendly services arise. The promising SAF journey has just started

Even though, over the next 20 years demand for new aircraft will gradually shift from fleet growth to increased replacement of older, less fuel-efficient aircraft. Sustainable Aviation Fuel will stay in the spotlight to generate the emissions reductions required by legislation, posing obligations on fuel suppliers, airlines and airports. Hydrogen and electric aircraft for large-scale commercial operations would not be available in the next decade but will play a decisive role on shorter distance flights in the future.


Unlock a wealth of insights on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and alternative propulsion technologies with our whitepaper 'Fueling the Future of Aviation,' crafted by industry leaders H&Z and CBR Consult. Download now to gain a deep understanding of SAF's pivotal role in aviation decarbonization and its impact on the future of air travel.

Christoph Behrendt-Rieken

Managing Partner

At CBR, we merge profound regulatory expertise with hands-on industry experience and a deep understanding of technology's role in shaping a cleaner, more sustainable future. Our mission is to drive decarbonization across industries and support our clients through every stage of project realization.

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