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Navigating the Legal Landscape of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF): A guide for Businesses

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The aviation sector stands as a notable contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, constituting approximately 2.5% of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In light of escalating environmental apprehensions, the aviation industry is actively investigating the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as a more environmentally sound substitute for traditional jet fuel. Derived from renewable sources including biomass, waste oils, and algae, SAF has demonstrated the capacity to markedly diminish greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to conventional jet fuel.

Legal and Regulatory Landscape of SAF

The widespread adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is propelled by a confluence of regulatory imperatives and market dynamics. In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) espoused a global objective to curtail net CO2 emissions from international aviation by 50% by the year 2050, relative to 2005 benchmarks. This commitment finds reinforcement through a multitude of initiatives, encompassing the formulation of SAF certification standards and the enactment of carbon offsetting programs.

Furthermore, various nations are instituting their own mandates and incentives concerning SAF. For instance, the European Union (EU) has articulated an ambition for SAF to constitute 2% of the total aviation fuel consumption within the EU by the year 2030. Concurrently, the United Kingdom has declared a substantial £1 billion investment in SAF production.

These regulatory mandates and evolving market conditions are engendering a nuanced legal terrain for enterprises engaged in the production, distribution, and utilisation of SAF. Oracle Solicitors stands poised to assist businesses in navigating this intricate landscape, offering adept counsel on the following matters:

  • SAF certification:Businesses that produce SAF must ensure that their product meets the relevant certification standards. Oracle Solicitors can advise businesses on the certification process and help them to comply with all applicable regulations.
  • SAF contracts:Businesses that purchase SAF will need to enter into contracts with SAF suppliers. Oracle Solicitors can review and negotiate SAF contracts to ensure that they are legally sound and protect the interests of the business.
  • SAF liability:Businesses that use SAF may face liability if their use of SAF causes damage to property or the environment. Oracle Solicitors can advise businesses on their potential liabilities and help them to manage their risk.

Embracing Sustainable Practices

In addition to navigating the legal landscape, businesses can take a number of steps to embrace sustainable practices and reduce their environmental impact. These steps include:

  • Investing in SAF:Businesses can invest in the production of SAF, either directly or through partnerships with SAF producers.
  • Using SAF in their operations:Businesses can use SAF in their own operations, such as by blending SAF with conventional jet fuel.
  • Supporting SAF policies:Businesses can support policies that promote the use of SAF, such as SAF mandates and incentives.

By taking these steps, businesses can help to reduce the environmental impact of the aviation industry and contribute to a more sustainable future.

How we can help

Oracle Solicitors is a leading provider of legal services to businesses in the aviation industry. We have a team of experienced lawyers who can advise businesses on all aspects of the law relating to SAF.

Contact us today via email at [email protected] or by phone +44 02030515060 to learn more about how we can help your business.

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