Sustainable aviation fuels: bridging the gap between technology and policy

Sustainable Aviation FuelsWithin the framework of its involvement in an EU FP7 project on aviation biofuels, the IES in collaboration with Airbus Group, organised a lunchtime debate on bridging the gap between technological development and policy measures in the sustainable aviation fuels sector. 

The policy forum which took place on 21 March 2017 at IES premises, focused on the emergence of new technologies for the production of alternative jet fuels as well as the different policy options to stimulate their deployment. In particular, we looked into how newly proposed EU measures, such as the ones in the so-called Winter Energy Package presented by the European Commission in November 2016, will affect the ability of what are currently the most promising technologies to fulfill their potential. Further, it was debated whether such policies make the best use of available natural resources in a context where the sustainability of biofuels as an alternative to the transport sector has been a highly controversial topic.

The event was chaired by IES associate professor Kati Kulovesi and brought together representatives from industry (Henrik Erämetsä, Neste Corporation), policy-making (Henna Virkkunen, MEP), civil society (Carlos Calvo Ambel, Transport & Environment) and academia (Dr. Uwe Fritsche, IINAS).

This policy forum was the second in an IES series that explores various aspects related to the development and market uptake of alternative fuels in the aviation sector.

Presentations given at the policy forum are now online on the following links:

Key issues and perspectives (Dr. Uwe Fritsche)

The HEFA type Renewable Jet Fuel-Views from the refiner (Henrik Erämetsä)

Aviation Biofuels: Repeating Old Mistakes? (Carlos Calvo Ambel)


Erametsa_H.-Neste-HEFA-Views_from_the_refiner.pdf625.14 KB
Calvo_Ambel_C.-T&E-Aviation_biofuels-repeating_old_mistakes.pdf738.28 KB
FritscheU.-IINAS-Key_issues_and_perspectives.pdf613.21 KB