More incentives needed to scale up production of e-kerosene – Business Traveller

Sustainable fuel manufacturers in Europe could produce 1.83 million tons of e-kerosene in 2030, saving about 5 Mt of CO2, according to a new forecast by NGO Transport and Environment (T&E).

E-kerosene, generated by combining green hydrogen (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO₂), has the potential to substantially reduce the climate impact of aviation. In its new forecast, T&E analyzed the planned production capacity of 18 European e-kerosene manufacturers. It found that by 2025, over 0.16 Mt of e-kerosene would be available for airlines every year. By 2030, this figure will reach over 1.83 million tons which would 3.65 per cent of fuel demand in Europe and would save the equivalent of up to 5 Mega tons of CO22 – the emissions equivalent to 30,000 transatlantic flights.

T&E’s new analysis shows that the European e-kerosene market is ready for higher rates and faster scaling of this fuel, but that policy makers are not providing sufficient incentives to develop the production further. In order to decarbonize aviation fast and efficiently, e-kerosene needs to be made readily available for airlines to blend into their existing jet fuels.

Two conditions are essential for e-kerosene to have near zero greenhouse gas emissions and to be produced at scale. First, hydrogen needs to be produced using additional renewable electricity (so-called “green hydrogen”). Second, carbon dioxide needs to be captured from the atmosphere, a process otherwise known as direct air capture (DAC). T&E’s new analysis shows that seven out of 22 manufacturers plan to include DAC as a source of CO2.

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