Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

EU Renewable Energy Directive Must Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Download: Printable PDF Date: 30 Nov 2016 14:56 category:
Publisher:
EU Renewable Energy Directive Must Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuels - Airlines publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Aircraft: Airplanes

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to incentivize sustainable fuels, and urged policy-makers to go even further in prioritizing their use for air transport.

The largest user of renewable fuels, the road transport sector, has increasing options to move towards electrification; however, aviation has no technological option but to continue with liquid fuel at the present time. Therefore, there is a strong case for sustainable fuel policies to prioritize air transport, in order to boost supply and reduce costs. 

“Aviation is on a path towards carbon-neutral growth and ultimately to reduce emissions in half. Sustainable fuels are an essential element of our carbon-cutting strategy, with the prospect of an 80% decrease in carbon compared to traditional jet fuel. Policies to incentivize the production of such fuels have been successful in the United States and elsewhere. Europe has an opportunity to take the lead in sustainable fuel production if the revised RED contains the right measures,” said Michael Gill, IATA’s Director, Aviation Environment.

The European Commission’s stated aim is for Europe to become the leader in renewable energy, and the revision of the RED offers just such an opportunity. The current challenge with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is to boost supply and cut costs. Greater production will help to reduce prices, and reduced prices will encourage greater demand, thus boosting production. To break into this virtuous circle, the RED must strengthen its policy framework to incentivize production of SAF. 


“Airlines are absolutely committed to the highest sustainability standards for alternative fuels, to ensure no interference with biodiversity, food production, or clean water resources. We are ready and willing to invest in these fuels and the revision of the RED offers a unique opportunity for Europe to demonstrate what can be achieved when policy-makers and industry combine for a genuinely coordinated approach to climate action and business innovation,” said Gill. 



Loading comments for EU Renewable Energy Directive Must Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuels...


Recommended

Pallas Aviation Announced as Launch Operator for Lockheed Martin LM-100J Commercial Freighter

 Lockheed Martin introduced Pallas Aviation as the first LM-100J commercial freighter operator. The LM-100J is a production variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules, which is the military airl...

Honeywell Business Jet Aviation forecast projects 7,700 New Aircraft deliveries, valued at $251 billion

Deliveries in 2019 projected to be higher than 2018 with growth supported by new models entering service Purchase plans for the next five years are higher in North America and Europe, lower in As...

Flying Colours Corp. increases North American footprint with largest expansion yet

On the eve of this year’s NBAA Flying Colours - booth 1735 - the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has announced it is adding more than 140,000 squa...

EBASCON 2019: New venue and date announced for the Ninth Annual European Business Aviation Safety Conference

“Working safely for a rewarding Tomorrow” will be theme of the next European Safety Conference for the Business Aviation Community  EBASCON, the industry’s key European Busin...