Evident develops new standard for sustainable aviation fuel

A new, international global standard for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has been developed by energy attribute certificates (EACs) specialist Evident, with World Energy becoming the earliest user of the certification.
Evident develops new standard for sustainable aviation fuel
Courtesy of Evident.

The new global certification scheme for SAF, named Fly-i, will work in a similar way to the procurement of renewable energy certificates (RECs), acting as a guarantee that an airline has purchased a certain proportion of sustainable fuel. It will also incentivise the aviation industry and customers around the world to fly green by creating a market for transparent, clean flying. Fly-i will remove risks such as double counting by linking ownership claims with specific physical SAF volumes.

SAF is a liquid fuel which is believed to have the potential to reduce commercial aviation emissions by over 80 percent. It is a cleaner-burning biofuel that can be produced from many sources, including waste oil and fats, municipal waste, and sustainable cover crops. ICAO, the United Nations aviation group, has stated SAF will be the single largest climate solution for aircraft.

“Our customers will trust Evident, with more than two decades as a registry host” said Adam Klauber, Vice President Sustainability and Digital Supply Chain of World Energy. “Evident’s approach combines ease of use with robust safeguards. Fly-i eliminates double counting, provides verification with actual physical supply chain data, and avoids blockchain technology’s complications.”

World Energy, the world's first commercial-scale producer of SAF, will be piloting Evident’s global registry as the immutable record for production-to-use-to-claim of its product through the Fly-i digital certificate. Evident’s current global certificate standards include I-REC(E), the world’s most geographically used electricity attribute certificate. Now, Evident’s independent governance structure and global network of partners and customers will provide the transparency needed for the SAF industry to grow.

Evident is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), joining its SAF Policy Platform. Thanks to these insights, Evident can physically track every stage of the SAF journey from creation to use, ensuring that SAF environmental benefit owners will see every credit transfer and be confident that emission reduction claims are valid.  

“We are finally tackling one of the biggest challenges in this climate crisis; making international travel greener” said Evident’s CEO Ed Everson. “As flying is a huge part of our globally connected society, we must ensure that we are contributing to the roll-out and certification of cleaner fuels, such as SAF. We are delighted to welcome World Energy as the first fuel producer to adopt Fly-i, providing transparency to their customers across the aviation industry.”

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