'A major opportunity has been lost for Europe,' said IATA Regional Vice President for Europe Rafael Schvartzman.

Rafael Schvartzman

IATA has expressed its disappointment at the result of the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) Negotiations on Support for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).

An agreement was reached on June 14 between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council (EU member states), but despite the regulatory framework including a binding renewable energy target of at least 32% by 2030 IATA said more government support is needed to encourage SAF production.

A major opportunity has been lost for Europe to create a regulatory framework to encourage the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)

“IATA, on behalf of its 290 global airline members, is disappointed in the outcome of the RED II trilogue,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe. “A major opportunity has been lost for Europe to create a regulatory framework to encourage the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

“The aviation industry has committed to carbon-neutral growth from 2020, and to cut CO2 emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. But we need government support to bring sufficient quantities of SAF, at an affordable price, to market.”

Schvartzman said that most experts had pointed toward a multiplier of 2 for SAF within RED II as being beneficial, but the deal set the multiplier at 1.2 within Europe. 

“The outcome of a multiplier of just 1.2 means Europe will stay in the slow lane of SAF production,” he added. “This decision means that not only is the EU not ready to support the de-carbonization of aviation, but it is missing a huge opportunity to create jobs, and improve fuel security in an uncertain world.”

We need government support to bring sufficient quantities of SAF, at an affordable price, to market

“We call on Member States in the RED II implementation to consider specific support for aviation and also call on the Commission to establish a specific SAF strategy for aviation.”

The IATA Regional Vice President for Europe said that although the outcome was disappointing, the aviation industry will continue to invest in SAF and other measures to help reduce carbon and create a sustainable future for air travel.

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