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Sustainable Aviation Fuel: Opportunities and Challenges for San Diego


Sustainable aviation fuel is the primary tool through which the aviation sector can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades.  Its ability to penetrate the jet fuel market is currently constrained by high prices, policy barriers and supply challenges. A federal tax credit is politically viable and has the potential to drastically increase sustainable aviation fuel production in the United States.  San Diego International Airport has the opportunity to become an early adopter of this fuel due to favorable California policies and proximity to sustainable aviation fuel suppliers.  Airport engagement with airlines and fuel suppliers will be necessary to promote San Diego as a welcome destination and partner in a sustainable aviation future.

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