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RSB launches new research and engagement in the Chinese SAF market

As part of its global drive to support the aviation industry in achieving decarbonisation through the use of alternative sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is turning its attention to China. In a project made possible by the ClimateWorks Foundation, RSB is working with its member and partner MotionECO, to initiate the development of a roadmap for SAF in China that will help guide the trajectory of growth in the country along a sustainable path.

As part of its global drive to support the aviation industry in achieving decarbonisation through the use of alternative sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is turning its attention to China. In a project made possible by the ClimateWorks Foundation, RSB is working with its member and partner MotionECO, to initiate the development of a roadmap for SAF in China that will help guide the trajectory of aviation growth in the country along a sustainable path.

With a domestic aviation market that is predicted by aircraft major Boeing to be the world’s largest by 2028 and overall industry growth in the country is anticipated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to outpace global levels annually until at least 2038, China will clearly be key to unlocking global sustainability in aviation.

RSB has years of experience working closely with the aviation industry to design solutions – including roadmaps, feedstock assessments, sustainability protocols, and more – grounded in its best-in-class sustainability standard. MotionECO, a consultancy and trading company based in China, brings significant local knowledge and expertise to the project and will connect RSB to key role players across government, NGO, academia, and business.

Combining RSB’s long-term global expertise with MotionECO’s local experience and hands-on capability, this initiative will assess the current status and potential of SAF in China, map key national and international stakeholders, and ultimately stimulate the development of a SAF roadmap via stakeholder workshop at the end of the year.

The SAF roadmap is expected to advise on sustainability, feedstock, technical and policy pathways that will support the sustainable growth of the Chinese aviation sector.

Beyond the roadmap, RSB continues to support the bioeconomy across the region – most recently with the launch of RSB’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Standard for the Japanese biomass for power generation.

Focusing on the SAF sector, RSB’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) Standard, which will be used to certify CORSIA eligible fuels, has been submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for recognition. RSB has been developing SAF projects globally in collaboration with the private sector, government, and civil society.

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