aireg – Competence Center for Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Germany
The initiative for jet fuel made from renewable energy aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. – combines commitment, knowledge and years of experience from industry, business and science in the aviation sector.
The goal of aireg is to drive the research, production and usage of sustainable aviation fuel in Germany: By 2025 alternative jet fuels should make up 10% of the kerosene fuelled nationwide.
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.
aireg, the 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 CO2 emissions 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.
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On the 8th of June 2021, aireg will celebrate its 10th birthday. For that special day, we are honoured to invite you to our event “Making Sustainable Aviation Reality” featuring the following guests, with whom we will not look back but into the future of aviation:
18:00 Welcome – Siegfried Knecht, CEO, aireg
18:05 Greeting – Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
Panel Session, Host Kay Kratky, President Industry and Aviation, aireg
18:10 Towards climate-neutral flying - Grazia Vittadini, CTO, Airbus
18:20 The Green Deal for aviation - Henrik Hololei, Director-General, DG MOVE
18:30 Feedstock, Technologies and Supply - Thorsten Lange, Executive VP Renewable Aviation, Neste
Sustainable, power-based fuels are essential in environmentally-friendly mobility systems. Regarding the aviation industry, for the majority of applications, there will not be any alternatives to liquid energy carriers available in the foreseeable future. A challenge for extensive utilization of power-based fuels (Power-to-Liquid, PtL) is the upscaling to industrial scales as well as the optimal integration of single technology components required for the fuel production to the general system.
To address these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) commissioned a study on the “Conceptual and Technical Design of a Development-Platform for PtL-Fuels”. A consortium of the aireg-members German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and John Brown Voest GmbH (JBV) elaborated a concept for the construction and operation of a modular PtL-development platform. The plant to be developed should include a research next to a demonstration module to prove novel technology components integrated along the whole PtL-production pathway. The BMVI is aiming for an open call for funding for the construction and operation of the PtL development platform during this legislative period.
A digital final workshop will take place on July 15th for this purpose. To register, please contact email@example.com.
Freedom and mobility are of paramount importance to our open societies - preserving these achievements well into the future requires fast decarbonization of aviation. In this Webinar series, we specify the climate impact of aviation, report on current developments dealing with sustainable aviation, present different technology pathways and much more. We aim to generate a broad knowledge transfer and promote networking to push on with decarbonization.
Our speaker Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt, deputy chairman of the board and head of the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics (IUE) at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), introduces you to aireg’s Roadmap for the Development and Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels. This aims to reach a significant share of sustainable aviation fuels and contains:
- research and development (R&D) of corresponding manufacturing technologies
- milestones for technological development
- regulatory and other supporting measures
The detailed aireg Roadmap "Sustainable Aviation Fuels - Status, Options, Necessary Actions" to the short version on "Roadmap on the Develpment and Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels" already published a few months ago is "ready to fly" and available as pdf here.
The aireg roadmap describes the status quo, identifies options for SAF across the full range of feedstocks, and points to needs for action that are necessary for the production and market introduction of sustainable synthetic kerosene, and thus crucial for sustainable aviation. The joint efforts of industry, politics, research and society are now required to initiate the necessary steps and offer measures to achieve this.
The members of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. welcome the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS) adopted by the Federal Cabinet on June 10th 2020. It is quite rightly stated that aviation will be dependent on liquid fuels for the foreseeable future. Sustainable aviation fuels, for whose green hydrogen production is important in any case, i.e. irrespective of whether they are biogenous or electricity-based, are the decisive factor for reducing GHG emissions in aviation.
Melanie Form, member of the board and head of the office of aireg e.V., told NWS: "The use of kerosene from Power-to-Liquid (PtL) processes is essential to achieve a significant reduction of GHG emissions in aviation in the medium to long term. However, blue or green hydrogen can already be used today to produce near-fuelled synthetic kerosene. The project recently launched by aireg members Sunfire and Neste in the port of Rotterdam demonstrates exactly this development. In addition, a project financed by the German Federal Ministry of Transport was already carried out in 2016/2017 on aireg initiative, in which the project partners DBFZ, IE Leipzig and LBST demonstrated the chances and challenges that result from the combination of PtX and HEFA production."
Kay Kratky, President for Industry and Aviation, added: "We cannot wait another 10 years for the first significant quantities of PtL kerosene. Instead, Germany should move as quickly as possible into the use of sustainable kerosene based on biogenic raw materials as well, such as the technology of Caphenia, another aireg member, which will be available in larger quantities in 2 to 3 years. The aireg roadmap proposes possible approaches to this end. The rapid introduction of a quota for sustainable aviation fuels in relation to European kerosene sales would make sense, as it would support market development and create investment incentives for manufacturers, and keep the economic burdens on end-users within acceptable limits.”
The "Roadmap for the Introduction and Development of Sustainable Aviation Fuels" recently prepared by the aireg members proposes a development path for the introduction of sustainable fuels (SAF) taking into account technological, ecological, economic and regulatory frameworks and requirements.
The members of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e. V. have worked closely together to draw up a roadmap showing ways to develop and introduce Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Sustainable Aviation Fuels have great potential to become a key driver for the reduction of greenhouse gases in aviation. This requires great efforts to develop appropriate regulations and promotional measures to support the development of commercial production facilities and suitable conditions of use for SAF, thus ensuring the economic competitiveness of SAF. The roadmap developed by the aireg members shows a possible development path for this, taking into account technological, ecological, economic and regulatory framework conditions and requirements.
The importance of aviation for the high quality of life and the economic prosperity of Germany is undisputed. However, the mobility of the future should not only be safe and flexible but should also meet the increased requirements for environmental and climate protection.
Sustainability and climate protection are central topics of the aviation sector. Already in 2008 the aviation industry committed itself to global emission reduction targets. These targets initially include an increase in fuel efficiency of at least 1.5% per year. In addition, air traffic growth should be CO2-neutral from 2020 onwards. By 2050 the aviation industry wants to reduce the CO2 emissions by as much as 50% compared to the CO2 emissions in 2005.
However, the enormous growth prospects of the aviation sector require additional efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. Unlike ground-based traffic aviation will not have any alternatives to liquid, hydrocarbon-based fuels in the foreseeable future.
The use of renewable fuels represents a considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions in air traffic. Their technical and operational readiness of sustainable jet fuels has already been successfully proven in thousands of test flights and in regular service.
The development and market introduction of sustainable alternative aviation fuels plays an important key role. Here, the determining factor is the raw material price. The construction and expansion of the refinery capacity represents an additional cost reduction potential. Only with price parity to fossil kerosene regenerative aviation fuel will make a significant and lasting contribution to climate protection in aviation.
Alternative fuels have to be produced and offered at competitive prices. Here, the most important factor is the raw material price. The development and expansion of refinery capacity represents an additional cost reduction potential. Only with the price parity to fossil kerosene regenerative aviation fuel will make a significant and lasting contribution to climate protection in aviation.
- Operation of a Bio-SAF plant in Germany
- Establishment of a PtL-Demonstration Centre (10-15 kt per year) Industrialisation
- 2 % blending obligation of sustainable, renewable fuels into aviation fuels
Freedom and mobility are of paramount importance to our open societies. Preserving these achievements well into the future requires action today and tomorrow.
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