The Anonymous Widower

EU Co-Legislators Agree On SAF Blend Targets For Aviation

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Renewables Now.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The European Council and the Parliament on Tuesday reached a provisional political agreement on the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal, which will set new rules requiring fuel suppliers to blend sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with kerosene in increasing amounts from 2025.

The European Commission, which made the proposal, welcomed this outcome on Wednesday and noted that the measure is expected to reduce aircraft carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about two-thirds by 2050 versus a “no action” scenario. The ReFuelEU Aviation initiative is part of the “Fit for 55” package.

Measures include.

  • Aviation fuel companies to make sure that at least 2% of the fuel they supply at EU airports in 2025 is SAF.
  • This share is supposed to gradually increase and reach 70% in 2050.
  • A minimum share of synthetic fuels will be required from 2030.
  • Aircraft operators departing from EU airports will be required to carry only the volume of fuel they need for a particular flight in order to avoid further emissions associated with extra weight or carbon leakage caused by tankering practices.
  • Airports to ensure that their fuelling infrastructure is fit for SAF distribution.


  1. I can see some airlines complaining about some of these measures.
  2. I can also see the fourth measure about tankering having negative effects on airline costs and ticket prices.

Michael O’Leary’s comments will be interesting.


April 26, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

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