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SAF management on Azzera Celeste supports upcoming RefuelEU mandate
The SAF Inventory Management and Tracking functionality enables aircraft operators to manage and track their SAF uplift and assess its contribution to emissions reduction.
Azzera adds SAF management module to Celeste platform.

Sustainability solutions provider Azzera has added an industry-first SAF management module to its Celeste B2B software-as-a-service platform.

The SAF Inventory Management and Tracking functionality enables aircraft operators to manage and track their SAF uplift and assess its contribution to emissions reduction. With the SAF data stored in a single module, Celeste users can optimise the system to increase visibility around their use of SAF as the module tracks where the SAF is purchased, how much is uplifted and which routes were flown. In addition, the system also facilitates SAF book and claim transactions for business aviation clients, aggregates SAF demand and provides SAF certificates directly to the operator on their platform interface. The intuitive system is designed to reduce calculation errors and remove complexity for compliance managers.

Among business aviation operators, Metrojet, ASL Group, Elit'Avia and Axis Aviation are already benefitting from Celeste's advanced capability. The digital platform removes burdensome data handling tasks from flight departments by integrating with flight scheduling software to access and process data for real-time emissions calculations. The automation minimises manual data handling, reduces errors and saves time. To simplify the calculations, emissions are segregated by carbon compliance market, including the CORSIA; and regional emissions trading systems (ETS), the EU ETS, UK ETS and CH ETS. Azzera also employs scientific methodology to evaluate the real climate impact of projects, using the Azzera Impact Score. Users can subsequently buy carbon credits through the digital platform to help them easily manage and mitigate carbon emissions.

Each carbon credit is equivalent to one tonne of carbon emissions that are either prevented from entering or removed from the atmosphere. Purchased credits are 'retired' against unavoidable emissions. Since its inception in May 2022, Azzera has facilitated the compensation of more than 55,000 tonnes of high-quality carbon credits directly or indirectly through its advisory role; and has tracked 97,300 flights and measured more than 1,200,000 tonnes of emissions, representing six per cent of business aviation's total carbon footprint. The new SAF module bolsters Celeste's powerful emissions data collection and reporting capability. Beyond segregating emissions by compliance market, it also allocates uptake to specific missions, better preparing operators for the forthcoming RefuelEU aviation mandates, which means that from 2025 all aviation fuel provided at EU airports must contain a minimum fraction of SAF, a requirement set to increase through to 2050.

Emphasising the significance of mandates in Europe and the growing imperative of tracking emissions worldwide, Azzera founder and CEO Puja Mahajan says: "The European fleet makes up about 15 per cent of the world's business aviation fleet and the vast majority of Europe's operators are counting emissions. The mandates are driving this, and increasingly operators worldwide are voluntarily monitoring emissions too. Our focus is to apply innovative technology to create a digital platform which is effortless to use, and brings real value to companies seeking a reliable, trustworthy solution, backed by science, to manage their carbon footprint."

Other new Celeste features include integration with Leon flight management software and enhanced data integrity checks. To encourage the uptake of carbon management, Azzera is offering EBACE delegates visiting the Azzera booth J37 access to a number of product and service discounts.

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