European Parliament pushes for greener aviation fuels

On July 7, the European Parliament plenary held a debate and vote on the ReFuelEU Aviation report. Parliament adopted its position on new draft EU rules to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels by EU planes and airports, in order to cut emissions from aviation and ensure Europe becomes climate neutral by 2050. The ReFuelEU initiative is part of the “Fit for 55” package and aims to clean up the air transport sector.

MEPs increased the Commission’s original proposal for the minimum share of a sustainable aviation fuel that should be made available at EU airports. From 2025, this share should be 2%, increasing to 37% in 2040 and 85% by 2050, taking into account the potential of electricity and hydrogen in the overall fuel mix (Commission proposed 32% for 2040 and 63% for 2050).

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