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Thursday, 20 May, 2021

NATA Supports Sustainable Skies Act: Legislation to Spur SAF Production

Washington, DC, May 20, 2021 – Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) joined a coalition of over 60 organizations in applauding the introduction of congressional legislation to spur the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

The legislation establishes a $1.50 - $2.00 per gallon blender’s tax credit for SAF that achieves at least a 50 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional jet fuel, with the precise amount of the credit linked to the SAF’s GHG emissions performance. 

Following a press conference by bill sponsors Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Julia Brownley (D-CA), NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts issued the following statement:

“The aviation industry stands together in its commitment to shift toward renewable energy sources in order to achieve its emission-reduction goals. The broad backing of this incentive is pivotal to effecting real change in the proliferation and competitiveness of SAF. The Sustainable Skies Act is a significant stride toward reaching a sustainable future.”

In a letter of support for the Sustainable Skies Act, the coalition noted the potential of the performance-based tax credit to provide the stability needed to incentivize advanced biofuel producers to focus on and invest in SAF production, as well as to “help make the low-carbon alternative to conventional jet fuel more cost-competitive, while driving the SAF industry towards investing in SAF with the greatest emissions reduction potential.”

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 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.