EU backing on mandatory use of green jet fuel set to boost the use of SAF

In what can be termed as a major way forward toward sustainable aviation, the European Parliament approved draft EU rules on Thursday (7 July) to greatly increase the amount of green jet fuel used in the aviation sector.

Under plans formulated by the European Commission in July 2021, aircraft refuelling at EU airports will be obliged to use kerosene mixed with less polluting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The percentage of SAF in the mix would increase at roughly five-year intervals.

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The proposed rules, although not final yet, will have to be agreed upon by negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states. The proposals were originally put forward by the European executive commission last year and if approved, would be the first of their kind to be implemented.

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Søren Gade- the Danish lawmaker responsible for directing the file through Parliament

Reportedly, the suppliers will be required to blend a minimum of 2% of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into their kerosene from 2025, rising to 85% in 2050. This is more ambitious than the target of 63% by 2050 originally proposed by the Commission.

Expanding the SAF feedstock base

 SAFs were earlier limited to e-fuels and second-generation biofuels from EU-approved feedstocks as listed in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. The Parliament then voted to exclude palm oil by-products and food crops, including palm fatty acid distillates (PFAD), intermediate crops, and palm or soy-derived distillates.

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Passengers can now trust that the ramp up of sustainable fuels in the coming years will not occur at the expense of food supplies for people or animals, nor damage our environment

A4E – a trade association representing major European airlines, said in a statement

Airlines, on the other hand, weren’t exactly pleased with the higher levels of blending mandated by the parliament as that could possibly send the airfares over the roof.

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Because SAFs, and especially e-fuels, will remain significantly more expensive than conventional jet fuel in the coming years, it is key that targets remain reasonable and that policy-makers work to limit the cost of the energy transition for passengers


Negotiations between the Parliament and Council are expected to start in September, following which the agreed proposals will become law.


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