It’s rare that airlines and environmental groups agree on something. But now, four airlines have teamed up with non-governmental organizations to support a European Union drive to boost sustainable aviation fuels.
- The European Commission has put forward a proposal called ReFuelEU Aviation, which aims to increase the share of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) used in the bloc to at least 2% in 2025, 5% in 2030, before reaching 63% in 2050.
- Despite a flurry of PR announcements from airlines over recent months, SAF currently accounts for a tiny proportion of the fuel actually used in aviation.
- The fuel is currently more expensive than regular kerosene and is available only in limited quantities.
- The Fuelling Flight Initiative, announced on February 1, 2022, brings together
- Bauhaus Luftfahrt,
- Deutsche Post DHL Group,
- the European Cockpit Association, Natuur & Milieu, Ryanair,
- SkyNRG and Transport & Environment.
- They noted that aviation’s take-up of renewable energy has been much slower than in other industries.
Importantly, the Commission’s SAF targets cover advanced biofuels, thereby also excluding traditional types of biofuel that risk competing with food .
The airlines and NGOs welcomed this decision.
“Europe urgently needs to provide investment security for the most sustainable aviation fuels, while avoiding the risk of lock-in to those fuels that have no place in our zero-emissions future”Pete Harrison, executive director for EU policy at the European Climate Foundation.
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