France working towards sustainable aviation fuel

Photo: Airbus

The French government has presented the country’s ambitions for sustainable aviation fuel, based on the conclusions of a working group which included government agencies and Airbus, Air France, Safran, and Suez.

For the last 18 months, the industrial entities have worked alongside the government to promote the emergence of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in France. The initiative constitutes the first innovative partnership between public and private players in the industry.

The conclusions of the working group set forth the conditions for developing lasting industries in France, they include:

  • Mobilise the necessary volume of raw materials for the aviation sector,
  • Ensure that sustainable resources, especially sustainable resources sourced from the circular economy, are used to produce advanced sustainable aviation fuel,
  • Ensure that the industry is economically viable for all actors in the value chain through appropriate incentive schemes,
  • Use existing airport logistics distribution networks,
  • Support and promote production diversification.

The commercial partners have also launched a new Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) to identify investment projects in second generation sustainable aviation fuel production units in France, as well as supportive measures and incentives in favour of such investments.

The expansion of sustainable aviation fuel constitutes a strategic lever for reducing net CO2 emissions from air transport over a full lifecycle by up to 80% before blend.