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June 18, 2024
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If hydrogen stands a chance to become the dominant fuel for aviation in Europe, national and/or EU policies are needed to incentivize production. Hydrogen can become price-competitive and even cheaper if taxes and carbon pricing on conventional fuels are introduced. This is one of the conclusions in a report that was commissioned by the European lobby group Transport & Environment and the European Climate Foundation. Hydrogen aviation needs incentives to become cost competitive.

The report, which was completed in April by Steer, the Technical University of Hamburg, and cost consultants Doig + Smith, has analyzed the costs of developing, deploying, and operating hydrogen aircraft and supporting hydrogen infrastructure.

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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.