CAAFI’s Executive Director Provides Testimony to House Subcommittee

April 2, 2021 — On March 24, 2021, the Executive Director of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), Steve Csonka, gave a testimony regarding research and development pathways to sustainable aviation to the House of Representatives Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Csonka spoke of how sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will play a role in the broader landscape of sustainable aviation. While he said he believes SAF to be the only viable near-term approach for in-sector carbon reduction, he also acknowledged challenges surrounding the new industry and the cost and production curves that will need to be overcome. The committee also asked how NASA and FAA could accelerate research to support SAF development and utilization, and it was highlighted that both organizations are already a part of efforts that will foster more interest in commercial SAF. Csonka closed his testimony by acknowledging that it will take the efforts from many partners to enable SAF maturation and improve aviation sustainability.

The full testimony can be watched or read here.

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