ReFuelEU Aviation: EU Commission is initiating what is already legally or factually anchored in some member states

14. July 2021

Berlin, 14.07.2021

The EU Commission submitted the ReFuelEU Aviation regulation draft intending to boost the ramp-up of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) for European aviation. The key instrument is a gradually increasing quota on SAF. With that, the EU Commission follows the examples of several member states who see a SAF-quota as a crucial step towards sustainable aviation.

We consider the Commission’s proposal for an SAF quota of 2% in 2025, which will rise above 5% in 2030 to 63% in 2050, to be appropriate to achieve the reduction targets for global aviation in 2050. With the intention to implement a sub-quota for RFNBOs of 0.7% in 2030, which is meant to increase to 28% by 2050, the Commission is placing an important emphasis on pushing the ramp-up of PtL- or PBtL-technology in particular.

airegthe Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany, already presented a Roadmap for the Production and Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels at the end of 2020. The roadmap contains regulatory measures and proposes the implementation of a SAF-quota based on all sustainable feedstocks (biogenous and RNFBO). aireg members are currently working on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport to prepare the establishment of a PtL-research and -demonstration platform including a 10,000-ton production plant.

Melanie Form, member of the board and managing director, commented: “Europe is taking the initiative to help SAF achieve a market breakthrough on the entire range of raw materials. It would be wrong just to wait for significant quantities exceeding several hundred thousand tons of PtL-kerosene. In 2-3 years, there will be significant quantities (more than 2-3 million tons) of advanced sustainable biofuels (HEFA, BtL, PBtL etc.) available. These not only reduce COemissions by up to 80% but also non-CO2-emissions by at least 50%. Therefore, we welcome the EU-Commission’s draft to introduce a higher general SAF-quota including a sub-quota for PtL- and PBtL-fuels. The RED II must be expanded within the “Part B of Annex IX” to include additional feedstock options to make use of the whole range of biofuels to further sustainably reduce the GHG emissions of global aviation.”

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.

Melanie Form
Member of the Board //
Managing Director
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