The response to our 11th JETNET iQ Summit was overwhelmingly positive. Along with a series of expert panels on aircraft financing, expanding the talent pool, emerging technologies, exemplary customer service, the impact of Covid-19 on flying habits, and Wall Street perspectives on the industry’s future, we engaged in high level discussions surrounding our industry’s sustainability responsibilities with our Bluer Skies, Greener Future theme. Oh, and we broke attendance and sponsorship records while doing so.
As I mentioned in my remarks at the summit, the drive to sustainability in our industry is real. We leave a smaller carbon footprint than that of the airline industry, putting us in a unique position to lead the path forward, not follow it.
Momentum for sustainable aviation fuel is building. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge, a collaboration between the (DOE), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “and other federal government agencies working together to develop a comprehensive strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce SAF on a commercial scale.”
The DOE has also unveiled the SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap: Flight Plan for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. According to the DOE, the Challenge Roadmap “lays out six action areas spanning all activities with the potential to impact the SAF Grand Challenge objectives of (1) expanding SAF supply and end use, (2) reducing the cost of SAF, and (3) enhancing the sustainability of SAF:
- Feedstock Innovation
- Conversion Technology Innovation
- Building Supply Chains
- Policy and Valuation Analysis
- Enabling End Use
- Communicating Progress and Building Support.”
I urge you to download a copy of the Challenge Roadmap and see if there’s an action area in which your efforts would be helpful. Achieving sustainability is not a fantasy—we have a real opportunity to move the needle. I’m confident that if we work together, we can make a major difference.
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