Negotiators from the Swedish Presidency, representing the Council of the European Union, and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the decarbonisation of the aviation sector. It is about setting binding targets for airlines in Europe Increase the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), revitalize the market for green fuels and reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.
The aim is to increase both demand and supply of sustainable aviation fuels with zero net CO2 emissions or lower CO2 emissions than fossil fuels. For now, these fuels are produced in small quantities and are more expensive than conventional aviation fuels.
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Fuel suppliers must provide 2 percent SAF’s share of fuel available at EU airports by 2025, 6 percent in 2030, 20 percent in 2035 and 70 percent. In 2050
From 2030, 1.2 percent. The fuels must also be synthetic fuels, and by 2050 this percentage will increase to 35%.
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As Reuters points out, some airlines insist on it Agreement may distort competitionBecause SAF targets apply to airlines flying from European hubs but not to long-haul carriers flying from elsewhere.
“The price increase for travel via Istanbul or Dubai is small as no SAF costs are incurred when connecting at these hubs,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said.
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Airlines stand to receive around 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in funding from the EU carbon market will help them transition to SAF.
The provisional political agreement is now subject to formal approval by the two legislatures, the Council and the European Parliament.
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