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About the Fly Green Coalition

How do I become a coalition partner?

All you need to do to become a coalition partner is pledge! You can do this by filling in your company details and committing to using SAF to reduce a percentage of your company’s annual emissions.

What is the criteria for pledging?
Any CEO, Founder, Co-Founder, ESG or Sustainability professional can pledge. Ideally you belong to a company that has set climate targets or that has an ESG strategy in place, but being concerned about climate change is also enough!

What happens after I pledge?
Once you’ve submitted your pledge form, you’ll receive a confirmation email. At this point, we encourage you to share your commitment with the rest of your company (and the world!) to show that you’re taking practical steps to reduce your company’s emissions using SAF, and to increase accountability around the goals you’ve set.

How much does it cost to pledge?

Signing the pledge is free, but it comes with a binding commitment to start purchasing SAF to reduce your emissions. To find out how much SAF you’ll need to purchase to meet your percentage pledge, you can use this calculator.

If I don’t know my business travel emissions, can I still pledge?

You can still pledge, even if you don’t have your emissions totals to hand, but we strongly recommend that you take a look at the last 12 months of business travel to assess what your emissions totals are. This will also give you an indication of how much you should pledge.

Will you check how I’m doing with my pledge?

You can simply declare your SAF contributions as part of your annual sustainability or ESG report.

Who is behind the FCG?

The FCG is made up of climate leaders from all around the world who have committed to accelerating the development and use of SAF. You can read more about these leaders here.

SAF section

What is SAF?
SAF stands for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and is a liquid fuel that’s made from renewable waste and leftover raw materials. It is a more sustainable substitute for regular fossil-based jet fuel and can be used on planes today without any changes to existing infrastructure.

What goes into making SAF?

SAF is made from 100% renewable sources. These sources include things like used cooking oil (UCO) that can’t be used for cooking anymore, leftovers from the food industry, fat from fish processing, waste from making vegetable oil, materials left over from making paper, and a type of corn oil, or technical corn oil (TCO) that comes from making ethanol, which is not for eating. In the future, SAF will expand to include other raw materials, like types of algae and other types of vegetable oils that don’t take up a lot of land to be grown.

How does SAF reduce emissions by 80%? 

The 80% comes from calculating the emissions from the entire SAF process – everything from when the leftover raw materials (like used cooking oil) are turned into SAF, to how it’s transported to the airport and finally used on a flight somewhere. This entire “lifecycle” process is then compared to what it takes to produce and burn regular jet fuel. 

Are new planes or infrastructure needed to use SAF?

No. SAF really is a “drop in” solution because it doesn’t need big or expensive changes for it to work, such as new planes or engines. It can just replace regular jet fuel on any plane. 

Why is SAF expensive?

SAF is two to four times more expensive than the cost of regular jet fuel for a number of reasons. Firstly, fossil fuels benefit from “economies of scale” from over a century of circulation, which means SAF is always going to be a more expensive option (and therefore a less attractive option for airlines to buy) if it’s compared to regular jet fuel. Unlike jet fuel, SAF also doesn’t receive government subsidies which would increase economies of scale and ultimately make it a cheaper option. Finally, the waste materials used in SAF, together with how it’s made are more intensive and therefore more expensive. That’s where investment comes in. It’s only with investment that the processes and production can be optimized, which will in turn reduce the cost. 

Why does SAF need investment?

SAF could contribute to approximately 65% of what’s needed to reduce emissions in the aviation aviation sector, so that it can reach net-zero by 2050. But investment is needed from businesses like yours to increase supply. When you fly with SAF, you’re contributing to scaling the supply of SAF while also funding innovations that can make it easier and cheaper to produce. 

Will SAF be used on flights that I book?

SAF doesn’t go specifically into the plane you’re travelling on, even if it’s been purchased for your journey. The reason for this is that transporting SAF to a specific airport or flight is not always possible and could lead to even higher greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Instead, the SAF that you buy gets delivered into the fuel system at an airport close to the SAF production facility. The entry is tracked and verified, and assigned to the individual or organization that has paid for it.

If I purchase SAF, does that mean the airline doesn’t pay for fuel?
No, airlines always pay for the fuel they use, but they pay the price of fossil fuel, which is significantly cheaper than SAF. By purchasing SAF, you’re incentivising airlines to use it, because they can buy it at the same price as fossil fuel.