The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy / The Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
A homegrown sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry could help decarbonise the hard-to-abate aviation sector and create thousands of regional jobs, with grants backed by the Albanese Government.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will invest $30 million to support development of domestic SAF production from agricultural feedstocks.
The global air transport industry is committed to net-zero by 2050, but low SAF production and high prices are standing in the way.
ARENA’s 2021 Bioenergy Roadmap found a local bioenergy industry could contribute around $10 billion in extra GDP by 2030, supporting more than 26,000 new jobs.
Grants for engineering studies or pilot programmes across the supply chain, from agricultural feedstock supply to final fuel production, will fast track development of a local industry in regional Australia.