Europe should set a binding target requiring airlines to use a 0.5% to 1% share of e-kerosene jet fuel, says a transport consortium including Lufthansa, the campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) and Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
It says this mandate to accept a greater share of e-kerosene produced from green hydrogen by 2027 should be enforced through a ‘meaningful penalty’ on airlines that do not comply with it.
According to official data, pre-Covid aviation accounted for 3.7% of all European emissions.
Matteo Mirolo, Aviation Policy Officer at T&E, said: “E-kerosene can immediately and sustainably start reducing aviation’s climate impact without any changes to the way aircraft operate.
“The EU should provide investors with an unambiguous signal that there will be a growing market for e-kerosene in Europe while at the same time put in place measures to avoid competitive distortion to the disadvantage of European airlines.”
Europe recently confirmed its target to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.