Proposal for a Regulation on ensuring a level playing field for sustainable air transport

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Series Details COM (2021) 651
Publication Date 14/07/2021
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, aimed at ensuring a level playing field for sustainable air transport. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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In December 2020, the European Commission adopted its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, which set out an aim to boost the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). These fuels are regarded as holding the potential to deliver a major contribution to achieving the increased climate target across the European Union (EU) for 2030 and the EU's climate neutrality objective.

This draft law - introducing the so-called ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative - aims to oblige fuel supplier to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels (known as e-fuels). The initiative comprises EU-wide harmonised rules for sustainable aviation fuels that are to apply to fuel supplier and airline operators and therefore create a level-playing field.

The draft law was unveiled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, as part of the so-called Fit for 55 legislative package.

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European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Sustainable aviation fuels (ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative) (2021/0205(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: ReFuelEU Aviation - Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Transporrt&Environment: Press Release, 14/07/2021: EU axes airlines’ fuel tax exemption in drive for greener fuels
SkyNRG: News, 15/07/2021: A summary of the proposed Sustainable Aviation Fuel mandate
EurActiv: Links Dossier, September 2021: Sustainable aviation fuels
Transport & Environment (T&E): Position Paper, November 2021: ReFuelEU Aviation: T&E’s recommendations - An overdue first step to reduce aviation’s climate impact
The European Files, 08/12/2021: Aviation Fuels in Europe ReFuel EU Aviation: A route to net zero European aviation
EPRS: Briefing, December 2021: 'Fit for 55' legislative package: ReFuel EU Aviation - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: Briefing, December 2022: ReFuelEU Aviation initiative: Sustainable aviation fuels and the fit for 55 package

Euronews, 14/07/2021: EU wants to tax aviation fuel and phase out polluting cars by 2035
Reuters, 14/07/2021: EU targets airlines in major climate policy shakeup
EurActiv, 16/07/2021: EU green jet fuel proposal shuns crop-based biofuels, focuses on next generation
Biofuels International, 16/07/2021: Aviation bodies welcome RefuelEU initiative

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)633: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)634: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment
European Commission: Better Regulation: Have Your Say: Sustainable aviation fuels – ReFuelEU Aviation
European Commission: Press Release, 14/07/2021: European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
European Commission: Questions and Answers - Sustainable transport, infrastructure and fuels (14 July 2021)

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