February 24, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the first flight using sustainable fuel. This anniversary was the perfect occasion for the International Air transport Association (IATA) to set up a new goal: 1 billion passengers should fly in sustainable energy planes by 2025.

Ten years ago, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam using a mix of bio-fuel and regular jet fuel in one of its engine. This test demonstrated the viability of those alternatives. A plane relying only on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 80%

In 2017, more than 100,000 flights used such energy. According to Alexandre de Juniac, former Air France-KLM CEO and current IATA’s Director General and CEO, the goal of 1 billion passengers using sustainable flights by 2025 will only be reached if national governments support the creation of a financially viable SAF production industry.

Biofuels has been criticized in the past years as it threatened biodiversity and put some populations at risk of hunger. Alexandre de Jugnac asserts that IATA will be especially careful about which alternatives will be used in the coming years:

„The airline industry is clear, united and adamant that we will never use a sustainable fuel that upsets the ecological balance of the planet or depletes its natural resources“