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Updates to EUROCONTROL map on pioneering use of sustainable aviation fuels available

EUROCONTROL has published an updated version of its map on pioneering use of sustainable aviation fuels: the following airports now regularly offer SAF: Le Bourget (France) and two Spanish airports - Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El Prat - offer SAF on demand through the Avikor platform which allows travellers and companies to take direct responsibility for sustainable flights. Three further airports have received batches of SAF: Nice (France), Seville and Saragoza (Spain). National blending mandates and other national policy measures will also be introduced as part of the map as they develop. For instance, Norway requires aviation fuel suppliers to blend 0.5% biofuel into their jet fuel and is considering a 30% target by 2030. Neighbouring Sweden has introduced a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden in 2021. The reduction level will be 1% in 2021, and gradually increase to 30% in 2030. Stakeholders wishing to report their SAF initiatives to EUROCONTROL can use the dedicated button on the map.

SAF availability at European airports

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Underlying flight data sourced from EUROCONTROL Central Route Charges Office (CRCO). The CO₂ emissions growth as shown is based on all flights departing from EUROCONTROL Member States taking into account aircraft type and route. As Israel, Morocco and Ukraine are not integrated in the multilateral route charges system they cannot be shown.

EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht UAC and DFS air traffic control centres implement airspace changes for more efficient and sustainable operations

As part of their international cooperation agreement signed in 2020, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS) have introduced the first package of their large-spectrum airspace optimisation plan – the Cooperative Optimisation of Boundaries, Routes and Airspace (COBRA). Three COBRA airspace design changes in the airspaces controlled by MUAC, the Karlsruhe Upper Area Control Centre and the Langen Area Control Centre have been active since 7 October 2021. Thanks to COBRA, airlines can plan shorter routes in advance and therefore reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Further adjustments have been implemented to reduce complexity and increase air traffic management efficiency in the complex and dense cross-border area between Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg.

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