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EASA’s sustainable aviation fuel facilitation initiative

EASA’s sustainable aviation fuel facilitation initiative

In January 2019, the European Aviation Environmental Report (EAER) identified a lack of information on supply and demand of SAF at the European level. As a result, EASA launched two studies in 2019 to address the lack of information and current status of SAF.

The first study addresses the barriers of SAF penetration in the European market. It examines how to incentivise the approval and use of SAF as a drop-in fuel in Europe by introducing a SAF Facilitation initiative. It first analyses the status of SAF in Europe and reviews one of the major solutions to the barrier to the SAF approval process (US Clearing House). It also examines the issue of sustainability by looking at the Sustainability Certification Schemes and how they interact with regulatory sustainability requirements, in particular with the RED II and ICAO’s CORSIA. The report identifies the best form of European facilitation, which should be divided between the two bodies: one acting as the EU Clearing House and the second as a Stakeholder forum.

The second study addresses the lack of information of SAF at EU level. It identifies a cost effective and robust data stream to monitor the use and supply of SAF and the associated emissions reductions, introducing a Monitoring System. This study concludes that the existing European regulatory reporting mechanisms and data collection from Member States and industry operators, does not generate sufficient data streams to feed the PIs that have been identified. The study followed five steps:

  1. Identification of possible performance indicators by reviewing the current ‘state of the art’ SAF indicators and consultation with key stakeholders.
  2. Identification of regulatory reporting requirements, and other possible sources of datasets and information streams in the European context, with the potential to cover the data needs of the proposed performance indicators.
  3. Examination of sustainability requirements applicable to SAF, and potential savings in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil-based fuels. 
  4. Review of SAF use today and future expectations for SAF use within Europe.
  5. Definition of a future monitoring and reporting process on SAF use in Europe and related recommendations to implement it.

Its results will be used as a basis for work on SAF in future EAERs, which will provide insight into the market penetration of SAF over time in order to assess the success of policy measures to incentivise uptake.

ERA has also been consulted in the making of these reports, which you will find here and here.

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