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Workshop and Panel Discussion: Expert opinions on the ReFuel EU Aviaton Initiative

29 April 2021 | 16:15-18:00 CEST


Karlijn Arts, SkyNRG
Kyriakos Maniatis, EUBCE Industry Coordinator

Eric van den Heuvel, studio gear-up
How can a SAF Mandate in the EU help the broader bioenergy scale-up challenge?
Lloyd Pinnell, Systemiq,
SAF technology and production ramp-up until 2050 in Europe

Maarten van Dijk, SkyNRG

Robert Boyd, IATA
Andrew Murphy, Transport & Environment
Stéphane Thion, TOTAL
Inmaculada Gómez Jiménez, SENASA


Aviation has suffered badly from the collapse of air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative effects will take years to be overcome. At the same time the EU recovery should not loose sight of meeting the EU’s climate change targets, which further complicates the strategies for recovery. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a cornerstone of the EU’s energy transition for the sector.
Although it is more expensive than fossil kerosene, with the right legislative and financial environment, it offers a real opportunity to initiate a green recovery of the European aviation industry.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels are basically advanced biofuels and e-fuels produced from renewable electricity. Both advanced biofuels and e-fuels face various issues related to their market availability and technological development. For advanced biofuels
the availability of sustainable feedstock will be a limiting factor in the medium to long term while the availability of excess renewable electricity (for the production of green hydrogen) will be the main limiting factor for the e-fuels. To scale production capacity of these fuel there is need for strong, stable, long term regulation. Already the EU’s Green Deal, and other policies have created the foundations upon which it is now attractive for the aviation industry to consider actual measures in decarbonising the EU aviation. Few Member States are also taking initiatives along the same lines and even consider dedicated mandates. Furthermore, on the policy level the European Commission is working on the ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, with at its
centre an ambitious EU wide SAF blending mandate, growing to >60% in 2050.

This workshop will give the audience insight in:
• The challenges and opportunities of scaling up SAF production capacity in Europe
• The complex interaction between different end-markets aiming to use the same
• A 360 view on the proposed ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, from leading stakeholders

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