Qatar Airways CEO says governments should put SAF targets on oil companies

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Earlier this year, Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker bluntly told CNN that the airline industry will fail to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 due to a lack of sustainable aviation fuel. At a September 15 press conference in Seattle, Al Baker said that his airline continues to work toward the 2050 target, but that SAF is likely to remain scarce and expensive unless governments pressure oil companies to make more of it.

“It is extremely difficult to obtain SAF at reasonable prices. And unfortunately, the oil companies do not really have the incentive to produce large quantities of SAF, for one very simple reason that they have invested so much into hydrocarbons that they don’t want to deviate much from that,” he said.

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