Environmental Challenge Confronted:
Carbon reduction and Renewable jet fuel: program to stimulate the development and use of sustainable bio fuel in the aviation industry.
Today, aviation accounts for slightly more than 2% of global CO2 emissions. Bio fuels can play an important role in reducing the industry’s impact on emissions Therefore, in 2013, various parties joint forces in an ambitious renewable jet fuel program. Our shared vision: a self-sustaining network of regional renewable jet fuel supply chains based on sustainable feedstock sources, that will account for 20% of renewable jet fuel demand in the European Union in 2025.
The four main challenges for aviation towards structural renewable jet fuel usage are:
1. Scaling up feedstock production and infrastructure to commercial volumes.
2. Creation of a stable market, making investments in renewable jet fuel development and production interesting for all parties involved.
3. Ensuring the sustainability of the feedstock used for renewable jet fuel.
4. Bridging the price gap between renewable jet fuel and traditional jet fuel in the short term.
With the renewable jet fuel program, we want to contribute to:
1. Reaching the EU’s targets for renewable energy, and the European Commission’s and IATA’s CO2 reduction ambitions.
2. Reducing the dependency on fossil kerosene, enhancing regional security of fuel supply, and creating price stability.
3. Knowledge development, sustainable leadership and job creation in Europe.
Best Practice Undertaken:
Further Renewable jet fuel program stimulate the development and use of sustainable bio fuel in the aviation industry.
- In March 2013 KLM operated for the period of six months a weekly flight on biofuel between Amsterdam and New York.
- We are working with our partners to develop biofuel aviation further.
We supported KLM in their B2B Corporate Biofuel Program in which business partners were offered to use a blend of (low-carbon) biofuel in stead of off-setting carbon.
- We cooperate in summer schools and research programs with start-ups, SME’s and Universities (a.o. TU-Delft, Imperial College London, Utrecht -University) to stimulate innovation towards large scale adoption of Biofuels.
The renewable jet fuel program runs from 2013 till 2016. It includes several sub-projects, which focus on:
• Research into sustainable bio fuels
• Investments in production capacity
• Development of regional supply chains
• Stimulating the use of renewable jet fuel
• Creating demand for renewable jet fuel