A draft opinion published last January by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), calls to enhance ambition on the EU’s proposed green jet fuel law (ReFuelEU Aviation).
The European Commission’s ReFuelEU Aviation proposal was tabled last July as part of the EU’s “Fit for 55” climate package. The proposal confirmed imposing a mandate on fuel suppliers to include SAF in jet-fuel supplied at EU airports. The obligation would commence from 2025 at 2% SAF, with a separate minimum for e-fuels from 2030:
- 2% from 2025;
- 5% from 2030, with a minimum of 0.7% e-fuels;
- 20% from 2035, with a minimum of 5% e-fuels;
- 32% from 2040, with a minimum of 8% e-fuels;
- 38% by 2045; with a minimum of 11% e-fuels;
- 63% by 2050, with a minimum of 28% e-fuels.
The ENVI’s draft opinion put forward by the Rapporteur for opinion and Spanish MEP Nicolás González Casares (S&D Group), presents a series of amendments that would raise the percentage of SAF uplifted from 63% to 100% by 2050, with an increased sub-mandate for e-fuels from 28% to 65%.
A minimum share of 8% SAF by 2030 is proposed, an increase of three percentage points on the European Commission’s initial proposal.
The proposal additionally stipulates that EU airports should be legally required to provide charging infrastructure for electric and hydrogen aircraft.
The ReFuelEU Aviation proposal will be negotiated by lawmakers in the European Parliament and Council before a final version enters into force. The European Parliament rapporteur reports are expected to be presented in late February.
Against this context, our TAKE-OFF project aims to develop and industrially validate innovative processes for the direct conversion of CO2 and renewable H2 to light olefins and subsequent conversion to SAF. Next to this, the indirect conversion of CO2 and renewable H2 to light olefins, via methanol/dimethyl ether will also be demonstrated.
Find the full ENVI’s draft opinion here.