Airlines join NGO calls for tougher EU biofuel regulations

(EurActiv, 13 Jan 2021) Major airlines, including Easyjet, KLM and Air France, have joined with environmental NGOs to call for stricter policies on biofuels and reduce the aviation sector’s environmental impact.

In a statement released on Wednesday (13 January), the airlines recommended that EU policymakers support sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by prioritising e-fuels and those made from agriculture waste and forest residues.

The statement also includes a call to exclude biofuels produced on dedicated cropland to avoid any competition between biofuels and food crops.

“Because of COVID-19, sustainability is even more a key agenda item for airlines going forward,” said KLM CEO Pieter Elbers. “Scaling up the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a cornerstone in achieving our carbon reduction targets,” he said.

“Given that EU leaders have committed to achieving a net-zero-carbon economy by 2050,
there is a growing focus on how to accelerate the transition towards climate-neutral aviation,” say the signatories.

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EurActiv, 13 Jan 2021: Airlines join NGO calls for tougher EU biofuel regulations