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To achieve net-zero flights, WestJet CEO urges government support for sustainable aviation fuel

Aviation & Airlines | Low Carbon Aviation | Leadership Moves

  • Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of WestJet, highlighted the aviation industry's dependency on fossil fuels at the 24th World Petroleum Congress, noting the sector's commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 despite significant challenges. The industry, which accounts for about 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, is focusing on fleet improvements and energy efficiency to aid in decarbonization.
  • Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is seen as a promising solution but currently meets less than 1% of total jet fuel demand. Projections indicate a need for 450 billion litres of SAF annually by 2050 to meet emission targets, underscoring the urgent need for increased production and use.
  • Von Hoensbroech advocated for government support similar to U.S. financial incentives to boost SAF production and utilisation. He emphasised that reducing air travel is not the answer; rather, the focus should be on making air travel sustainable, especially in Canada where the geographical expanse makes it essential.

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