The publication of the European Commission’s “Fit for 55” package aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030 has given new impulse to the debate on aviation decarbonisation. The revision of the EU Emission Trading System or the proposal to tax kerosene and consequently increase carbon pricing did not come as a surprise, as European Union leaders need to deliver on their commitment to climate neutrality by 2050.
A higher price tag, at least in the short to medium term, is equally expected as a consequence of the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal. However, the mandate proposed by the Commission for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), also including synthetic fuels, gives the aviation and energy sectors a policy framework for accelerating the uptake of SAF. In my view, this is why the proposal is so convincing: while it demands investment from the aviation sector, it also gives the necessary incentives to boost decarbonisation.