Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released the following statement on Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes five years of dedicated Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tax provisions aimed at incentivizing production of the renewable jet fuel.
“Just as business aviation closes distances, propels innovation, and supports vibrant economic growth throughout our nation, the commercialization and scale-up of sustainable aviation fuel will accelerate our industry’s progress to net-zero carbon emissions. The SAF tax credits included in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 are a crucial first step toward meeting the Biden Administration’s SAF Grand Challenge goal of 3 billion gallons of domestically produced SAF by 2030; equally crucial is the removal of regulatory roadblocks that hinder SAF participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program. NATA applauds the U.S. Senate for taking action to incentivize SAF production, and we encourage Congress to work just as diligently to equip federal agencies, including EPA, with the necessary tools to support SAF production in line with industry demand,” stated NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts.
NATA has long advocated for creation of a dedicated SAF Blender’s Tax Credit to stimulate investment in the nascent industry and provide economic parity with other renewable fuels. The Association endorsed the Sustainable Skies Act (S. 2263 and H.R. 3440) introduced in 2021, then worked with a comprehensive coalition of industry stakeholders to encourage inclusion of similar provisions in broader spending proposals. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes two years of such tax credits, valued at $1.25-$1.75 per gallon depending on percentage of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based jet fuel. Beginning in 2025, the legislation creates three years of a Clean Fuel Production Credit with an enhanced value for SAF of up to $1.75 per gallon.
“NATA thanks Senate negotiators for including SAF in the clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, and we recognize the tireless leadership of Sustainable Skies Act sponsors on this critical issue. Sustainable aviation fuel represents a lower-carbon, domestically produced energy source that will reduce aviation’s CO2 emissions, extend American global leadership, and support high-paying jobs. Today’s vote is another step toward bridging the gap between federal incentives for energy innovation and the associated costs of establishing a vibrant domestic SAF industry. The business aviation industry has already demonstrated a consistent demand for SAF; now we call on government leaders to adopt sound legislative and regulatory policies to foster consistent production.”
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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for more than 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.