Aviation sector and NGOs agree on sustainability of future fuels in Europe

    European Climate Foundation reported (13-Jan-2021) KLM Royal Dutch AirlineseasyJetAir FranceIAG, as well as research organisations and environmental groups are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainability, future aviation fuels and the sector’s climate impact. The parties provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU‘s policy design to support sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and “ensure that future policies only promote the most sustainable fuels for reducing the climate impact of aviation”. The parties’ Fuelling Flight initiative outlines the following:

    • Investment certainty for the production of SAF in Europe is dependent on long-term EU policy such as competition with other uses of land and supporting fuels with high carbon reductions compared to fossil fuels; 
    • The scale-up of SAF must be informed by an impact assessment of EU resources;
    • There must be an exclusion of biofuels produced from dedicated cropland to avoid competition with production of food or feed for livestock or carbon sequestration from reforestation;
    • Priority should be given to fuels made from wastes and residues. [more – original PR]
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