aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V.

The fuel initiative for sustainable kerosene from renewable energies aireg is committed to the increased production and use of regenerative aviation fuels in Germany: By 2025 a total of 10% of sustainable fuels should be added to the nationally required kerosene.

Establishment: In 2011 aireg was founded in Berlin by aviation companies, airports, research institutes, companies in the aviation industry and companies in the provision and processing of raw materials. aireg combines the high level of commitment, broad experience and specialized know-how from industry, business and science.

Face the environmental challenges of aviation

Background: Fossil fuels are becoming scarcer and thus more expensive in the foreseeable future. They significantly contribute to global warming and climate change. For traffic on the ground and maritime traffic, alternative drive variants such as electric, solar or hydrogen drive can be developed soon. However, these alternatives are unsuitable for the use in aviation.

Previous measures: For this reason the aviation industry is focussing on efficiency and savings. For years, air traffic has been steadily reducing its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per passenger, however absolute fuel consumption continues to rise. In the long term, the self-imposed goal of international aviation is to reverse the trend: By 2050 CO2 emissions should be reduced by as much as 50% compared to the CO2 emissions in 2005.

Working together on regenerative fuels

Aireg's task: However, the measures taken so far are not sufficient to reach these ambitious goals. Only through the comprehensive use of regenerative aviation fuels the dynamically growing air traffic sector can effectively make its contribution to the energy transition and climate protection.

Sustainability plays a central role in aireg's strategic direction. Regenerative aviation fuels can be obtained from a variety of raw materials, including energy crops such as jatropha or algae which are not in food competition.

Research on future-oriented raw materials such as algae and the development of advanced refinery technologies for sustainable kerosene open new national economic perspectives. High-energy recycled and residual materials will also become more important for alternative fuel production in the future.

Goals of aireg until 2025

  • The amount of aviation fuel required in Germany will be blended with 10% sustainable kerosene from renewable energies
  • At least one large-scale refinery for the production of renewable second-generation kerosene in Germany will be built
  • Government agreements to secure the long-term supply of raw materials we be concluded