Biofuels for aviation

Direct emissions from civil aviation account for about 3% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Biofuels can help lower the EU's carbon footprint by providing a renewable alternative to jet fuel in airliners. They emit less CO2, contain no sulphur compounds, and are generally more efficient due to their higher energy density.

European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath

The European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath aims: 

  • to get sustainably produced biofuels to the market faster, through the construction of advanced biofuels production plants in Europe. The first set of plants are planned to be operational by 2015 or 2016, with the second set operational by 2020
  • to get the aviation industry to use 2 million tonnes of biofuels by 2020

To achieve this, the Flightpath will find ways to finance these plants. The first steps include:

  • hosting a high level workshop with financial institutions to address potential funding
  • facilitating the signing of purchase agreements between the aviation sector and biofuel producers

In 2011, the European Commission in partnership with Airbus, and in cooperation with leading European Airlines (Lufthansa, Air France/KLM, and British Airways) and biofuel producers (Choren Industries, Neste Oils, Biomass Technology Group, and UOP) launched the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath.

Related documents on advanced biofuels flightpath

Recognition of aviation biofuels in the ETS - 6 July 2016

In 2016, a number of batches of biofuels for aviation have been produced and a significant amount of flights performed. The workshop explores how in different cases the biofuel could be accounted for under the ETS scheme and highlights critical issues to be solved in the future.

Agenda and presentations

High Biofuel Blends in Aviation (HBBA) Study and BioJetMap Workshop on 11 February 2015 in Brussels