The 14 member airlines of the Oneworld Alliance have pledged their support for the ambition statement of World Economic Forum Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition to commit to a 10 percent use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.
The alliance members have all previously committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Now the carriers are among the 60 signatories that have backed the coalition’s ambition statement.
To raise the current use of SAF from 0.01 percent to 10 percent in the next eight and a half years will require “targeted investments, support mechanisms, financial grants and regulations have the potential of enabling the industry’s transition to SAF,” the alliance says.
“Sustainability is at the core of oneworld’s priorities and our backing of this important ambition statement today further underlines our commitment,” said Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney. “Expanding the use of SAF will be crucial in decarbonizing aviation in the near term but we recognize no airline can do it alone. We believe that our support of the coalition’s statement will create further momentum for the industry’s efforts in sustainability and hope it will galvanize others to take action.”
The alliance’s sustainability efforts are spearheaded by its Environment and Sustainability Board, chaired by IAG Head of Sustainability Jonathon Counsell and with representation from all member airlines. Each airline will chart its own course to achieving the 10 percent goal.
The Oneworld Alliance includes Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.
“As the leading airline alliance at the forefront of environmental sustainability, Oneworld is proud to support the World Economic Forum in its ambition statement for sustainable aviation fuel, said Oneworld governing board chairman and Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“We are committed to working with our partners to play a role in this important journey and call on all stakeholders for their active support towards the usage of SAF that is available at commercial scale, affordable and certified under the schemes recognized by ICAO and other relevant authorities.”