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Decarbonising Aviation in South-East Asia

Decarbonising Aviation in South-East Asia is a project led by RSB, and powered by The Boeing Company.


The project aims to help the aviation industry play a leading role in tackling climate change, creating jobs, stimulating economic growth, developing rural livelihoods and protecting the environment, with key support from WWF South Africa and WWF Brazil.


By providing guidance on the sustainability of alternative fuels, bringing together relevant stakeholders, and integrating the bioeconomy as a critical part of the just energy transition, Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy is helping to direct investment, policy makers, market development and further research to support the emergence of a truly sustainable bioeconomy.

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Project dates: 2019-2022

Project funders: The Boeing Company

RSB project team: Arianna Baldo, Carolina Grassi, Yitatek Yitbarek

Project location: Brazil, Ethiopia, RSA

Project aims

The overall aim of this project is to support the development of a global SAF sector. However, there are specific aims for each location.


  • Assess SAF production routes from diversified feedstock
  • Develop tools to support technical and economic assessment of SAF routes
  • Develop regional supply chains and incentive the socioeconomic growth of smallholders
  • Support and develop the SAF sector in Brazil
  • Support SAF sustainability and biofuel policies
  • Develop guidelines for sustainable cultivation of crops with focus on sugarcane and macauba
  • Develop RSB Regional Sustainability Indicators
  • Assess iLUC values for Brazil to support discussion of new SAF pathways for CORSIA


  • Develop a national sustainable aviation biofuel roadmap
  • Explore and assess economic growth and job creation potential from the growth of a local biofuel industry
  • Support the SAF academic course programme at the Ethiopian Airlines Academy

South Africa

  • Develop RSB certification approach for invasive alien biomass
  • Develop a SAF technoeconomic assessment for South Africa
  • Support the development of the local SAF sector, with focus on sugarcane sector
  • SAF sustainability policy advocacy

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