Aviation emissions: EU plan could end up increasing greenhouse gases from planes

Aviation emissions: EU plan could end up increasing greenhouse gases from planes

New legislation that would see planes forced to use “sustainable aviation fuel” might actually end up increasing emissions, depending on which fuels are included



Environment



27 April 2022

A plane landing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands

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Proposed European Union aviation regulations could see greenhouse gas emissions from flying increase, even while they are claimed to be sustainable, if some nations get their way.

The ReFuelEU regulations now being negotiated would require commercial flights in the EU to start using “sustainable aviation fuels”, with the proportion added gradually rising from 2 per cent in 2025 to 63 per cent by 2050. But the definition of “sustainable aviation fuels” is currently up for discussion – and may end …

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