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ITAKA - Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation


ITAKA fits into a general will to answer the need to coordinate efforts and use complementarities between European Initiatives on sustainable aviation fuels, as it has been highlighted during the European Advanced Biofuels Flight Path definition and identified in the SWAFEA study’s recommendations.

ITAKA aims at supporting the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, improving the readiness of existing technologies and infrastructures.

The objective is to develop a full value-chain in Europe to produce sustainable Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) at a large enough scale to allow to test its use in existing logistic infrastructures and in normal flight operations in Europe.


Value-chain step
Full value-chain

Type of pathway
Oleaginous / Hydroprocessing

Starting time and duration
November 2012 - 2015

Ministries, national agencies, industry, fuel producers, airlines, NGO

Regional scope

Involved countries


ITAKA is a collaborative project framed in the implementation of the European Union (EU) policies, in particular the implementation of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI) of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). It specifically aims to contribute to the fulfilment of some of the short-term objectives (2015) of the EU Advanced Biofuels Flight Path initiative, the goal of which is to reach a target of 2 million tons of biofuels used in European civil aviation by 2020. 

Being the first collaborative project of its kind in the EU, ITAKA will link supply and demand by establishing a relationship under guaranteed conditions between feedstock growers, biofuel producers, distributors and final users. Therefore, ITAKA will address challenges in two main areas:

  • Development of commercial scale production and study of the implications of a large-scale use;
  • Research on sustainability, economic competitiveness and technology readiness.

ITAKA will develop a full value-chain to produce sustainable HEFA (Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids) at a large enough scale to allow to test the use of the fuel in existing logistic infrastructures and in normal flight operations in Europe. 

The generated knowledge will aim to identify and address barriers to innovation and commercial deployment.

ITAKA project work plan relies on the following Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

  • WP1 is aiming at improving key aspects of camelina cultivation, including economic, social and environmental sustainability aspects (productivity and land use will in particular be considered).
  • WP2 includes the research tasks related to the conversion technology.
  • WP3 includes demonstration tasks related to the improvement of logistics (while the main demonstration tasks of the supply chain are carried out in WP7).
  • WP4 covers the research tasks for the flight testing phase. 
  • WP5 will focus on sustainability, gathering technical, economic, social and environmental data to assess the impacts, effects and regulatory implications of the large-scale use of biofuels in aviation. 
  • WP6 contains the tasks related to the Plan of Dissemination and Use of Foreground created in ITAKA.
  • WP7 comprises the demonstration activities of the project and will consist in producing large enough biofuel batches to enable the demonstration of large scale supply and operational use. These activities include feedstock production, conversion technology, logistics, supply and in-flight use.
  • WP8 comprises the project management and Consortium Coordination, complemented with network and outreach activities (WP6), including the development of an Advisory Group.


​Senasa, Airbus, Asociatia Centrul de Biotechnologiimicrobiene, Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos, EADS, École Politechnique Federale de Lausanne, Embraer, The Manchester Metropolitan University, Neste Oil, SkyEnergy, Camelina Company España, Consorzio per la Ricerca e la Dimostrazione Sulle Energie Rinnovabili.​

Achievements to date

  • Large camelina plantations growing.
  • First test for new Camelina varieties.

Contact information

  • Project website: 
  • EU FP7 register in CORDIS
  • Coor dinator contact data: Inmaculada Gomez Jimenez, Observatory of Sustainability in Aviation (SENASA), Tel:+34-913019847 - -