Aviation: Clean Skies for Tomorrow

The Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition (CST) provides a crucial global mechanism for top executives and public leaders, across and beyond the aviation value chain, to align on a transition to sustainable aviation fuels. CST is part of a meaningful and proactive pathway for the industry to achieve net-zero emission flying.

The Challenge

In early 2020, global air travel produced 2%–3% of global emissions and air traffic was projected to double by 2035. The impact of COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruptions for global travel, but decarbonizing aviation has only increased in importance for both customers and the industry. CST is informing and guiding efforts to chart a decarbonised return to the skies.

Our Approach

CST inspires leaders throughout aviation’s value chain to collaboratively facilitate the industry’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2050. The Coalition is focused on globally scaling sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other clean propulsion technologies that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Stakeholders partner to resolve the “chicken and egg” scenario where producers and consumers are each unable to shoulder the initial costs of investing in new technologies to reach a scale where they are competitive with existing fossil fuel-derived options.

Our Goals

Through the concerted effort of ambitious industry and state leaders, together we can put the global aviation sector on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050 by accelerating the supply and use of SAF technologies to reach 5%–10% of global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030.

To achieve this, the Coalition will focus in 2021 on growing its broad membership, while also mobilizing a group of net-zero champions comprised of leading industry actors who have adopted a net-zero ambition for aviation and agree on a path forward that demonstrates net zero is feasible. Currently, the coalition has 13 members that account for ~27% of the global airline industry market share by revenue.

Focus will be on demonstrable commitment of a shift of investment into additional production and delivery of SAF through:

  1. A financing blueprint and association SAF funds
  2. Supporting the adoption of an EU Green Deal agreement with an ambitious but achievable mandate
  3. Articulation of the SAFc certificate concept aligned with existing frameworks, and the launch of associated buyer’s clubs
  4. Key market impact studies that demonstrate the macro-economic benefit of developing SAF industries in-country
  5. A SAF Ambassador Countries coalition that will devise and test policy mechanisms to scale production and use of SAF

For more information, please contact: aviation@missionpossiblepartnership.org