A further step in the development of synthetic aviation fuels – State Hesse becomes “aireg” member

10. April 2020

The Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) and its members welcome the State of Hesse, represented by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing. As the state with Germany’s largest airport, Hesse is thus underlining the importance of aviation fuels from renewable energies as a significant contribution to sustainable aviation.

Siegfried Knecht, CEO of aireg e.V., commented on the membership: “We are pleased that aireg has been able to win the state of Hesse as a further federal state and a committed partner for groundbreaking future projects. With the creation of the Competence Center for Climate and Environmental Protection in Aviation and the intended promotion of a Power-to-Liquid plant, Hesse is taking important steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in aviation. This cooperation will enable us to push ahead with the market launch of synthetic aviation fuels and thus make an essential contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Only in this way can we effectively and sustainably reduce emissions and enable climate-neutral flying!”

The Minister of Economics and Transportation, Tarek Al-Wazir, declares the accession of the State of Hesse: “The fact that air traffic is of great importance for large areas of our society and the global economic network is also becoming clear in the current corona crisis. Air traffic through Frankfurt Airport plays a special role in Hesse. In the short term, many people are now interested above all in whether and how air traffic will quickly get back on its feet economically after the corona-induced slump. However, we must also keep in mind the task that will remain indispensable in the medium and long term – that air traffic should be as climate-friendly as possible if there are no alternatives in terms of transport. This means that in the medium and long term there is no way around the most efficient aircraft possible without fossil fuels. Only then can air transport also make a contribution to climate protection. We have taken an important first step with the new Hessian competence centre for noise and climate protection in air traffic and the aim of establishing a pilot project in the field of power-to-liquid in Hesse. It is important to us to promote the fuel turnaround by networking with the key players from industry, science and other countries – towards sustainable and CO2-neutral fuels in air traffic as a whole. The membership in aireg offers an excellent opportunity to do so.”

About the Competence Center for Climate Protection and Noise Abatement in Air Traffic

In January 2020, the Competence Center for Climate Protection and Noise Abatement in Air Traffic started its work. It is based in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) in the immediate vicinity of Frankfurt Airport. The competence center is supported by Hessen Trade &amp, the state’s own economic development agency; Invest (HTAI). The new competence center will initially focus on developing a strategy for setting up a pilot plant for the production of synthetic fuel (power-to-liquid). A total of EUR 15 million will be available for this purpose in the coming years. In addition, the competence center will deal with the issue of noise protection in air traffic and prepare the state of the art in research for technical retrofit options for aircraft.

About aireg e.V.

aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. was founded in 2011 as an association of companies and organizations from industry, research and science. As a non-profit initiative, aireg is committed to the availability and use of renewable energies in aviation in order to achieve the ambitious CO₂ reduction targets of the aviation industry. The members come from all areas of the value chain of renewable energies for aviation: This ranges from research at universities and large research institutions, plant manufacturers and operators, biorefineries, the petroleum industry, engine and aircraft manufacturers, government organizations, non-governmental organizations and airports to airlines. The industrial members cover a broad international spectrum from start-ups to large corporations.


aireg e. V.
Melanie Form
Member of the Board //
Managing Director
Phone.: +49 (0) 178 184 30 41
E-Mail: melanie.form@aireg.de

Correspondent Hesse
Franziska Richter
Press spokeswoman
Tel.: +49 (0) 611 815 2020
E-Mail: franziska.richter@wirtschaft.hessen.de

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