FuelsEurope position on regulatory options to promote a faster deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the EU

Summary and key messages

  • Since aviation is primarily a global industry, global commitments are preferred over regional initiatives to ensure the competiveness of the aviation sector and its supply of fuel. The unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the aviation sector has created the need for support to both ensure quick recovery while maintaining the transition to a sustainable aviation sector.
  • If the EU desires to implement the use of sustainable aviation fuels then a combination of several policies aiming to promote a faster development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuel are needed. FuelsEurope supports measures on obligations on sustainable aviation fuels targeting volumes, energy, CO2 emissions or carbon intensity.
  • The ability to trade compliance certificates uniformly and across the EU between obligated parties is necessary to allow a cost-effective compliance for all participants involved in the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels.
  • Coherence between the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the EU ETS for aviation should be aimed for to avoid double regulation for international aviation. If free allowances under the EU ETS for aviation are reduced or eliminated, competiveness safeguards should be provided.
  • There may be a need for a number of policy levers to enable the development and investments in sustainable aviation fuels and a practical implementation of sustainable aviation fuels.