This mandate aims to foster the development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) derived from agricultural, forestry, and municipal solid waste. This initiative is critical for ASEAN, as agriculture significantly contributes to the region’s GDP and employment but also leads to environmental costs like pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. SAFs, including biojet and synthetic jet fuels, offer a solution to reduce aviation emissions, which constitute over 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Deliverables include producing techno-economic assessments in five ASEAN Member States to evaluate the feasibility of using these wastes for SAF production and organizing knowledge-sharing events to guide ASEAN actions in SAF production.
Problem being addressed by CTIF
This mandate directly addresses the environmental impact of the ASEAN agriculture sector and the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. The region’s agriculture is productive but brings environmental costs, including waste pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The production of SAF using agricultural waste is limited in ASEAN. The mandate aims to bridge this gap by fostering collaborations between agriculture, energy, and transport sectors to manage agricultural waste and produce SAF, supporting the ASEAN Circular Economy Framework and contributing to renewable energy targets. It seeks to minimize aviation’s environmental impact and support renewable energy growth through sustainable practices.
The mandate’s development dimension encompasses job creation, gender equality, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Techno-economic assessments for SAF production in ASEAN countries will generate employment, create new supply chain roles, and foster high-skilled jobs, contributing to global climate policies and economic growth. The production of SAF from agricultural waste promotes circularity in agriculture, turning waste into valuable resources, reducing environmental impact, and providing new income sources for producers and farmers. This approach supports sustainable practices and encourages marginalized groups, including women, to participate in the SAF industry, promoting gender equality and social inclusion in STEM fields and the aviation industry.