Bobby Fraser, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, was recently invited to the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Summit and Biennial General Meeting to discuss state and regional efforts to develop policy intended to incentivize the use and production of SAF.
The CAAFI® Summit and Biennial General Meeting (CBGM) is a three-day event focused on connecting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) stakeholders across global industries and sectors and providing a forum to share information and showcase technologies. The event was held in Washington, D.C.
Representing Atlas on the panel, State and Regional Policy Developments, Bobby shared how the company has been engaged in the Kentucky Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition with manufacturers, customers and airport partners in Kentucky to push for a state SAF tax incentive.
“The coalition has continued to make progress by educating state legislators on SAF as well as raising awareness of the air cargo industry’s economic impact in Kentucky,” said Bobby. “Consequently, a bill was proposed that will be reintroduced in the 2023 legislative session.”
During the panel discussion, Bobby touched on Atlas’ ESG efforts, the coalition’s background, its strategy to educate on the potential for a hub of SAF production in Kentucky and the proposed legislation for a state SAF tax incentive.
“Atlas is proud to have been an initial member of the Kentucky Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition. Our strategy was to come together with leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly, including the transportation committee, appropriations committees, economic development and energy committees and the governor’s office, to talk to those leaders and educate them on what SAF is and the potential for a hub of production in the state,” said Bobby during the panel.
Moderated by Ira Dassa, Director of Environmental Affairs at A4A, Bobby was joined on the panel by Graham Noyes, the Executive Director at Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and Brendan Jordan, Vice President of Transportation and Fuels at Great Plains Institute.
In closing, Bobby highlighted the next steps for the coalition’s legislative campaign on SAF tax incentives. “We’re continuing to discuss this amongst the stakeholders, engaging with the energy and agriculture industries to hear their feedback, and we’re continuing to work to educate members of the state general assembly on how to move the bill forward.”
“Bobby did a great job representing both Atlas and the coalition’s efforts in Kentucky,” said Camille Fleenor, Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy.
To listen to Bobby’s full remarks, please click here.