“We are committed to reducing emissions by fossil fuels… the (civil aviation) ministry is operating closely with the ministry of petroleum and natural gas on the issues related to Sustainable Aviation Fuel,” the Civil Aviation Secretary said.
The government is working on mandating the blending of jet fuel with Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as the country works on ways to reduce emissions, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal stated today.
Sustainable aviation fuel
“We are committed to reducing emissions by fossil fuels… the (civil aviation) ministry is working closely with the ministry of petroleum and natural gas on the issues related to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF),” he stated.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
He was said at the IATA Aviation Energy Forum here. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international grouping of airlines.
Bansal told both ministries are operating to mandate a certain percentage of blending. “That is still a work in progress. We do realize that unless we mandate over some time, demand will not be created,” he said.
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“Do we have as a country adequate feedstock for producing Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)? Are there technologies in place, proven, and time-tested which will be able to produce Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in quantities? And if I may say at a price the airlines can afford,” Bansal stated.
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is one of the key elements that will help to achieve emission reduction targets for the aviation sector. Against the backdrop of the country’s aviation sector slowly back on the development path after being significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, he said that the “Indian aviation growth story is here to remain”.
Further, Bansal mentioned supply chain issues being faced by domestic airlines, saying that those are hindering the development of the aviation sector. “Over the last few months, our Indian carriers have been struggling for want of engines being supplied by OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).
“I don’t want to name any particular OEM but today as we stand here, the pace at which Indian aviation wants to develop is getting hindered by global supply chains, OEMs not being able to supply at the pace at which this country is asking…,” he said
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