Carriers unite for clean jet fuels in Europe

Four carriers, Air France-KLM, EasyJet, Ryanair and DPDHL, have joined forces with environmental groups in the Fuelling Flight Initiative to help advance a key draft EU law or climate-friendly jet fuels.

The legislative proposal from the EC, also known as ReFuelEU, would spur aviation's take-up of renewable energy, which so far has developed much more slowly in this industry than in others.

The proposal on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is being scrutinised by EU national governments and the European Parliament in a process due to last well into 2022. The proposal is part of a package of draft climate legislation meant to reduce EU greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 55 per cent in 2030 versus 1990 levels and to make the bloc climate-neutral by mid-century.

The Fuelling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation and ClimateWorks with technical advice provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

"[The EU] urgently needs to provide investment security for the most sustainable aviation fuels, while avoiding the risk of lock-in to those fuels that have no place in our zero-emissions future,” said Pete Harrison, executive director for EU policy at the European Climate Foundation. “By joining forces, our diverse group has been able to craft future-proof guidance.”

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