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June 29, 2018

IATA concerned by European sustainable aviation fuels decision

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), on behalf of its 290 global airline members, said is disappointed in the outcome of the RED II(1) trilogue earlier this month.

Negotiators from the European Parliament and European Union (EU) member states were able to reach a compromise on a 32% objective and a complete phase out of palm oil use in transport by 2030.

Environmental activists at Greenpeace were also disappointed and said the 32% target "is far too low" and "falls dangerously short of the level necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change".

As for the airline industry, "A major opportunity has been lost for Europe to create a regulatory framework to encourage the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)," said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA's Regional Vice President for Europe.

"The aviation industry has committed to carbon-neutral growth from 2020, and to cut CO2 emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. But we need government support to bring sufficient quantities of SAF, at an affordable price, to market.

1- EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)