Atmospheric Benefit Principle Evaluation Tool

Regulatory Programs Compatible with SABA’s Atmospheric Benefit Principle

September 6, 2023

The Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) considers the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to participate in the following regulatory programs, including the receipt of any payment or credit (including tax credits, grants, and tradable allowances or other credits) in connection with the manufacture, development, implementation, sale, licensing, or distribution of SAF to be compatible with SABA’s Atmospheric Benefit Principle. 

  • United Kingdom Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation 
  • United States (US) Renewable Fuel Standard
  • US IRC §40B SAF Credit
  • US IRC §45Z Clean Fuel Production Credit
  • Illinois SAF Purchase Credit
  • Washington SAF Tax Credit
  • California Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • Oregon Clean Fuels Program
  • Washington Clean Fuels Standard

SABA considers the use of SAF to participate in, or fulfill compliance obligations for, the following regulatory programs to be incompatible with SABA’s Atmospheric Benefit Principle.  

  • Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)
  • ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative
  • France SAF Blending Mandate
  • Sweden SAF Blending Mandate
  • Norway SAF Blending Mandate
  • Netherlands Energy for Transport Regulation (HBE credit market)

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of the regulatory programs relevant to SAF.  For any unlisted regulatory programs, please consult the SABA Atmospheric Benefit Evaluation Tool or the SABA Management Team.  This list may change based on changes or updates to existing regulation, new policies, or changes in regulatory interpretation by the presiding authority. 


Sustainability Framework for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

More information regarding the Atmospheric Benefit Principle can be found in the SABA Sustainability Framework, available below.