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WWF-SA launches report on potential of SAF production in South Africa

RSB member and long-term partner WWF South Africa has published an excellent report on the potential for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production in South Africa, across 7 feedstock/technology combinations.

The report, entitled ‘Fuel for the future: A blueprint for the production of sustainable aviation fuel in South Africa‘, was presented at the South African SAF stakeholder meeting a few weeks ago, which the RSB hosted, and was very well received.

Using techno-economic modelling, the WWF report shows a number of potential pathways for South Africa’s potential to become a major producer – and potential exporter – of SAF. The feedstocks considered include A-molasses, a co-product from sugar production, a modified tobacco plant called Solaris, and biomass from the clearing of water-thirsty invasive alien plants – as well as using the carbon-rich waste gases from heavy-emitting industries.

RSB contributed to the report through inputs on the GHG assessment.

The development of a new domestic SAF industry could be a pillar of South Africa’s low-carbon economy and play an important role in a just energy transition. Through implementing a combination of six robust candidate pathways for SAF production, South Africa can play a key role in decarbonising aviation while pursuing important ecological and development objectives. The environmental and social co-benefits include enhanced clearing of invasive plants, diversifying market opportunities for sugarcane and providing decent jobs in an emerging green sector.

It is essential reading material for government, the aviation sector and investors alike.

Download the report here

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