Renew Europe welcomes the adoption today by the European
Parliament, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, of the RefuelEU
regulation on sustainable fuels for air transport. This legislation aims to
promote the progressive use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) leading to
aviation in the EU using at least 70% clean fuels in 2050. This text closes the
long list of legislation, adopted under this mandate, which will allow the
transport sector, in all its modalities, to actively contribute to the carbon
neutrality objective decided by the EU.
José Ramón BAUZÁ DÍAZ
(Ciudadanos, Spain), rapporteur for ReFuelEU aviation, said:”
Renew Europe Group has been crucial in defending the development and the
ambitious level of production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels across the EU while
creating a level playing field through wide harmonised rules and preserving the
EU air connectivity. With ReFuelEU Aviation in place, the decarbonisation of
aviation is nearer. It is time now for EU governments to implement the
new rules and support to the industry by ensuring the cost-effective deployment
of Sustainable Aviation Fuel across Europe. The EU must be ready to take the
lead globally in the use of SAF”.
Priority is given to synthetic fuels, the increase in power of
which will begin in 2025, to reach 35% in 2050, an ambition much higher than
that of the initial proposal from the European Commission. Renew Europe played
an active role in interinstitutional negotiations to extend the concept of
clean fuels to low-carbon fuels, such as green hydrogen.
Renew Europe also sought to obtain an obligation for suppliers
to make these sustainable fuels available in a much wider number of airports
than foreseen from the original proposal, as well as to set targets for use by
airlines. At least, “anti-tankering” provisions are planned to prevent planes
from filling their tanks outside the territory of the Union to avoid the
obligations provided for by the text.