South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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S. 1315


Concurrent Resolution
Sponsors: Senators Campsen and Alexander
Document Path: SR-0710KM-HW24.docx

Introduced in the Senate on May 1, 2024
Introduced in the House on May 7, 2024
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

Summary: Sustainable Aviation Fuel Development


Date Body Action Description with journal page number
5/1/2024 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 5)
5/1/2024 Senate Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources (Senate Journal-page 5)
5/7/2024 Senate Polled out of committee Agriculture and Natural Resources (Senate Journal-page 11)
5/7/2024 Senate Committee report: Favorable Agriculture and Natural Resources (Senate Journal-page 11)
5/7/2024 Senate Adopted, sent to House (Senate Journal-page 11)
5/7/2024 House Introduced (House Journal-page 169)
5/7/2024 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 169)

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A concurrent RESOLUTION


to encourage the state of south carolina to take all practical steps to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel in the state, regionally, and nationally.


Whereas, the commercial aviation industry, made up of airlines, airports, and makers of aircraft and engines, has for decades sought operational and fuel efficiencies including building more aerodynamic and lighter aircraft, optimizing flight planning, and using advanced technologies; and


Whereas, in 2021, the commercial aviation industry committed to transitioning from conventional kerosene jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel with the goal to significantly reduce carbon emissions by 2050; and


Whereas, sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, is an alternative fuel made from non-petroleum feedstocks such as forest residuals, corn, oilseeds, sugarcane, agricultural residues, used cooking oil, municipal waste, and others; and


Whereas, commercial flights are currently permitted to fly with a blend of SAF and conventional fossil-based kerosene at levels up to fifty percent with a goal of one hundred percent SAF in the future; and


Whereas, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, over three hundred sixty thousand commercial flights have used SAF at forty-six different airports largely concentrated in the United States and Europe; and


Whereas, according to the International Air Transport Association, global SAF production was estimated to have been between approximately eighty and one hundred twenty million gallons in 2022, covering less than half a percent of total jet fuel demand; and


Whereas, according to the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States aviation industry has increased consumption of sustainable aviation fuel by two hundred forty-three percent over the past two years; and


Whereas, South Carolina has six commercial use airports and is situated between two of the largest and busiest airports in the United States; and


Whereas, South Carolina's largest economic sector is agribusiness, which includes both agriculture and forestry industries; and


Whereas, other states are competing for the significant economic development opportunities created by sustainable aviation fuel; and


Whereas, the Department of Commerce, the Forestry Commission, the Department of Agriculture, and other agencies as applicable are encouraged to consider ways to facilitate efforts to ensure that South Carolina is a regional and national competitor in the development and use of sustainable aviation fuel, and should, as part of this effort, work with South Carolina producers to use South Carolina sustainable biomass feedstocks as a source for sustainable aviation fuel.  Now, therefore,


Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:


That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, encourage the State of South Carolina to take all practical steps to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel in the State, regionally, and nationally.


Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to all applicable agency heads so that they may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of South Carolina in this matter.


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