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EU Advances Global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

The European Union is at the forefront of the fight against climate change, and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a crucial part of its Net-Zero Industry Act. The European aviation sector is celebrating this key step toward zero emissions. SAFs are the green alternatives that the aviation industry needs to move away from fossil fuels.

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EU Sees Sustainable Aviation Fuel As Key Technology

The EU sees SAF as a key technology for cutting down carbon emissions. Groups within the European aviation sector, united by the DESTINATION 2050 initiative, support this progress. However, they stress the need for stronger actions from EU policymakers. A strong SAF market in the EU is crucial to hit the updated EU climate targets by 2040 and achieve carbon neutrality in aviation by 2050.

Removing Barriers for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

The EU Commission’s latest EU Net Zero Industry Act updates the 2040 climate goals and aims to remove barriers that block the large-scale use of SAF. This includes giving priority to aviation when it comes to biomass resources. It also includes reducing the price gap between SAF and traditional jet fuel. The aviation industry must quickly adopt SAF to meet the EU’s strict climate goals.

As the global race for SAF leadership heats up, Europe’s success will depend on additional policy support. Experts suggest that we must extend SAF market flexibility past 2034, and keep the current threshold for emission allowances. Policy should provide financial incentives for SAF production and make it easier to get these funds.

Understanding DESTINATION 2050

The European aviation sector aims to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and 2050, envisioning a future of eco-friendly air travel. In February 2021, industry stakeholders across the EU, UK, and EFTA regions committed to a clear strategy. They plan to reach net-zero CO2 emissions for all flights by 2050. An independent report highlights the essential collective action needed to make this a reality. It points to technological innovation, increased Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) use, economic initiatives, and air traffic control advancements as key steps. These actions are crucial to meet the EU’s ambitious climate goals. To learn more, explore www.destination2050.eu.


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