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U.S. House reps launch bipartisan sustainable aviation caucus

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U.S. Representatives Sharice Davids and Dusty Johnson  have joined forces to launch a new Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus (CSAC) with the aim of building a bipartisan coalition to help the aviation industry reach its decarbonization goals while strengthening American leadership in the sector.

Like the industry itself, Davids, Democrat of Kansas, and Johnson, Republican of South Dakota, have a particular interest in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is widely seen as the most viable path for approaching net-zero aviation emissions by 2050. However, the caucus’s areas of interest also extend to improvements in aircraft and engine design, new forms of propulsion and efficiencies in air traffic management — potential draws for a diverse group of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, each with a stake in their outcome.

Related: Understanding the path to 100% SAF

The caucus currently has four members evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, but is expected to grow following its official launch today, Reps. Davids and Johnson told The Air Current in two separate exclusive interviews. It will join a number of aviation and sustainability-focused caucuses that reflect the Hill’s increasing interest in these topics, including the Advanced Air Mobility Caucus, the Sustainability Caucus, and the larger Aviation and Aerospace Caucus.

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