Sustainable aviation fuel - Mandatory

EU airports to commence mandatory use of sustainable aviation fuel from 2025. This follows the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on Wednesday approving a new law to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels, such as advanced biofuels or hydrogen, in the aviation sector.

The ‘RefuelEU’ aviation rules are part of the “Fit for 55 package”, the EU’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and to ensure the EU becomes climate neutral by 2050.

The new rule also stipulates that a specific proportion of the fuel mix – 1.2 percent in 2030, 2 percent in 2032, 5 percent in 2035 and progressively reaching 35 percent in 2050 – must comprise synthetic fuels like e-kerosene. MEP's also managed to include renewable hydrogen as part of a sustainable fuel mix, a promising technology that could progressively contribute to the decarbonisation of air transport.

From 2025, there will be an EU label for the environmental performance of flights in their bid to promote decarbonising in the aviation sector.

Airlines will be able to market their flights with a label indicating the expected carbon footprint per passenger and the expected CO2 efficiency per kilometre.

It will allow passengers to compare the environmental performance of flights operated by different companies on the same route.

Parliament’s rapporteur José Ramón Bauzá Díaz (Renew, ES) described the new rule as a tremendous step towards the decarbonisation of aviation.