Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said this morning that Australia will soon have a council to focus on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (FAS).
Speaking at the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Breakfast, King said the council would enable Australia to play a role in reducing carbon emissions and driving innovation in SAF development.
“We know the industry is looking to sustainable aviation fuels to play a role in reducing emissions and we know the potential for sustainable aviation fuels is significant,” King said.
“We also know that governments around the world are working closely with industry to drive new innovations in sustainable fuels and sustainable aviation.
“The reality is – especially in Australia – that we love to fly, but we also need to fly. I’m sure most of you here, like me, spend more hours in the air than you want If we want to play our part, we have to make flight sustainable.
“That’s why, in addition to the aviation white paper and the climate change departmental unit, we intend to set up a group along the lines of the Jet Zero Council seen in the UK or the Council for Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Canada.
“A step like this will be another example of our government’s commitment to advancing net zero across the economy, as well as taking concrete action to reduce emissions here and abroad. the stranger. By fostering international competition and collaboration, we will drive innovation and progress around the world.
“As a nation more dependent on aviation than almost any other, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to drive change.”
King said the ALP Government was committed to working with industry to develop sustainable aviation and grow jobs and innovation in Australia.
In April this year, the Queensland Government announced the construction of a $500 million renewable diesel and SAF plant in Gladstone. Once complete, the plant is expected to produce 350 million liters of SAF and renewable diesel annually from feedstocks such as tallow, canola and waste cooking oil.