A new EU-backed project has been launched to demonstrate the first industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.
Biofuels Flightpath Initiative was launched 2011 to promote the market development of sustainable aviation fuels and set the target of 2Mt/y of aviation biofuels consumption in Europe by 2020.
Biofuels are liquid or gaseous transport fuels such as biodiesel and bioethanol which are made from biomass. They serve as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels in the EU's transport sector, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the EU's security of supply. By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come from renewable sources such as biofuels.
Prof David Chiaramonti, RE-CORD, project coordinator said: “Air transport is among the most critical ones to decarbonise, a priority for the European Union together with heavy duty and maritime.
“BIO4A (Advanced Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation) is a significant step forward towards clean aviation in Europe: it will bring the use of sustainable biojet ahead in terms of volume and innovation."