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The European Union (EU) is seeking to spend money on African sustainable aviation gas (SAF) initiatives by way of its International Gateway infrastructure fund, thought of a competitor to China’s Belt and Street Initiative. The EU has dedicated to allocating half of the fund’s €300 billion ($324 billion) funds to Africa.

To facilitate the event of SAF, the EU plans to launch a capacity-building challenge value €4 million ($4.3 million) by the top of this yr. The challenge’s goal might be to assist SAF feasibility research and certification in 11 African nations and India.

A spokesperson for the EU mentioned the potential for SAF manufacturing on the African continent was vital. He cited Africa’s huge expanses of under-utilized agricultural land having turn into more and more enticing to provide SAF feedstock. Nonetheless, a number of challenges must be addressed, together with poor infrastructure, restricted refining capability, and insufficient rules. These elements might doubtlessly delay initiatives and enhance prices related to establishing feedstock provide chains.

Regardless of these challenges, firms similar to Eni (Italy), Linde (Germany), Sasol (South Africa), and Topsoe (Denmark) are forging forward with investments in African SAF and biofuels, demonstrating the rising curiosity and potential for them on the continent.

Tom Nice

Tom Nice has been an aviation journalist and editor since 2008. He has been the Group Deputy editor for A-Z Media Group, editor of Air Cargo Information…