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July 22, 2024
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The new EU rule on SAF will impact any airline operating from the region.  Starting in 2025, fuel uplift at EU airports must contain at least 2% SAF. That percentage will gradually increase each year, with mandates including 6% by 2030, 20% by 2035, and 70% by 2050. These requirements will apply to all flights originating in the EU, regardless of destination.

Reaction has been mixed. SAF producers are pleased they have a framework to plan and build, but airlines are less pleased. Airlines will receive approximately €2 billion in funding from the EU carbon market to assist with the transition. Despite this, several airlines expressed frustration that the legislation does not provide enough short-term relief from the additional cost burden.  Moreover, SAF and “green aviation” are increasingly being questioned.  Additionally, the details of how this works in practice find growing skepticism.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.