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European Advanced Biofuels Flight Path
The objective of the European Advanced Biofuels Flight Path is to define a roadmap with clear milestones in order to achieve a target of 2 million tons of sustainable biofuels used in European civil aviation by 2020.
Type of pathway
Starting time and duration
June 2011 -
OEM, airlines, fuel producers
The European Advanced Biofuels Flight Path was launched in June 2011 by the European Commission, in close coordination with Airbus, leading European airlines (Lufthansa, AirFrance/KLM and British Airways) and European biofuel producers (Neste Oils, Biomass Technology Group, UPM, Chemtex Italia and UOP).
The "Biofuels Flight path" is a shared and voluntary commitment by its members to support and promote the production, storage and distribution of sustainably produced drop-in biofuels for use in aviation. It also targets establishing appropriate financial mechanisms to support the construction of industrial "first of a kind" advanced biofuel production plants.
More specifically, the action focuses on the following issues:
- Facilitate the development of standards for drop-in biofuels and their certification for use in commercial aircrafts;
- Work together with the full supply chain to further develop worldwide accepted sustainability certification frameworks
- Agree on biofuel take-off arrangements over a defined period of time and at a reasonable cost;
- Promote appropriate public and private actions to ensure the market uptake of paraffinic biofuels by the aviation sector;
- Establish financing structures to facilitate the realization of 2G biofuel projects;
- Accelerate targeted research and innovation for advanced biofuel technologies, and especially algae.
- Take concrete actions to inform the European citizen of the benefits of replacing kerosene by certified sustainable biofuels.
Airbus, AirFrance/KLM, Biomass Technology Group, British Airways, , European Commission (DG Energy), Lufthansa, Neste Oils, UOP, UPM & Chemtex Italia
|Achievements to date|
Five workshops have been organised from May 2011 to June 2012 to:
- review the progress and R&D activities on fuel pathways;
- discuss the role of a European Civil Aviation Network to support the deployment of alternative fuels in aviation;
- analyse financial mechanism to support advanced biofuel flagship plants and incentives for the use of biofuels in aviation.
A benchmark between 19 value chains was organised beginning of 2012 to assess their maturity level with view to deployment.