Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Taking off across the globe


Decarbonization of the Aviation sector passes from Pittsburgh, with the GCEAF side event Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Taking Off Across The Globe that took place on September 23rd. 

Governments and Industry affirm the future of bio-based Sustainable Aviation Fuels.

September 23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

The Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Platform Initiative – together with the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Mission Innovation Integrated Biorefineries and Sustainable Aviation Fuel initiatives – organized a high-level discussion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the Global Clean Energy Action Forum. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm opened the session by announcing the release of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap, which is a U.S. government-wide strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by 2030. “From field to flight, this data-driven technology strategy will help guide America’s scientists and industry to chart our course to clean skies,” said Secretary Granholm.

Secretary Granholm was joined by Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, José Guilherme Resende, Secretary for Energy Planning and Development, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil, and Dr Sangita Kasture from the Ministry of Science and Technology of India, who stressed the opportunity for bio-based SAF to make meaningful reductions in aviation sector emissions.

Representatives from the growing SAF industry, airlines, and aviation equipment manufacturers took the stage to highlight industry progress, including:

  • Pat Gruber, CEO for Gevo
  • Shishir Joshipura, CEO for Praj
  • Carlos Maurer, EVP for Shell
  • Jeff McDaniel, VP for Velocys
  • Jimmy Samartzis, VP for LanzaJet
  • Bryan Sherbacow, CEO for Alder Fuels
  • Gurhan Andac, Engineering Technical Leader for GE Aviation
  • Tom Michels, Director of Government Affairs for United Airlines
  • Sheila Remes, VP for Boeing
  • Lauren Tremblay, Senior Sustainability Consultant for Southwest Airlines


·         Featured the public release of the U.S. SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap;

·         Brought awareness of the Clean Energy community to the importance of aviation decarbonization;

·         Showcased industry progress, including planned SAF investments;

·         Demonstrated that the SAF industry is truly taking off across the world!


Jim Spaeth, Chair of the Biofuture Initiative stated “It was great to see the enthusiam and interest from ministers and industry leaders from around the world in the US Grand Challenge Roadmap and future prospects for sustainable aviation fuel.  The Biofuture Initiative will be collaborating with our country and industry partners to aggressively pursue work related to carbon accounting, as well as in the ongoing actions in sustainable biomass quantification and governance.”



Pittsburgh Action Pact
Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition
Rocky Mountain Institute
Mission Innovation – Integrated Biorefineries Mission
U.S. SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap