The aviation industry plays a vital role in the global economy connecting people and goods across long distances. However its reliance on fossil fuels has made it a significant contributor to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Recognizing the need to address this challenge, the EPP (European People’s Party) has taken steps to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In 2020, SAFs accounted for just 0.05% of total jet fuel demand, highlighting the urgent need for growth in this sector. Given the urgency of this problem, the EPP launched an innovative pilot project aiming to shape the aviation sector through the establishment of a “book and claim” system for sustainable aviation fuels. A system to facilitate cost-effective and widespread distribution of SAF in the European Union (EU) market by separating the purchase of SAF from its physical delivery and use. The Transport and Tourism Committee asked for a €3.000.000 European budget for the implementation of this project, counting that the Parliament will approve it so that the European Commission can manage.
One of the crucial initiatives in this regard is the Refuel Aviation proposal, which seeks to mandate SAF blending at the EU level. However, to fully harness the potential of SAF, an efficient and transparent distribution system is essential. This is where the EPP’s pilot project for a “book and claim” system comes into play. This system will separate the purchase of SAF from its physical delivery and use, creating a transparent market that will promote greater production and use of SAF.
The success of the “book and claim” system depends on robust IT architecture. Designing an effective and secure digital platform is crucial to prevent irregularities and fraud, as well as to address the risk of double counting.
The plan is to implement the pilot project at selected EU airports, chosen based on factors such as air traffic, potential supply and demand for SAF, and geographical balance in the EU. Airports like Frankfurt International Airport, Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, among others, may be part of this test implementation.
As you can easily understand, the main goal of this project is to promote sustainability. SAFs are essential for reducing CO2 emissions and an efficient distribution system will maximize environmental benefits. By promoting sustainability, the project also ensures the competitiveness of the European aviation and maintains a level playing field for fuel suppliers, aircraft operators and destinations.
As the project progresses through the phases of analysis, IT architecture design, and implementation at selected EU airports, it will pave the way for a more sustainable future in aviation. Collaboration among policymakers, aviation stakeholders, and the community at large is essential to ensure the success of this innovative initiative.
With the right support and necessary commitment Europe can lead the way in transforming aviation into a cleaner and more sustainable mode of transport, benefiting people, the planet and the industry.