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The Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels—A Discussion of Challenges, Options and Alternatives

Grimme, Wolfgang (2023) The Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels—A Discussion of Challenges, Options and Alternatives. Aerospace, 10 (3). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace10030218. ISSN 2226-4310.

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The aviation industry is challenged to reduce its climate impact. The introduction of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is, among other policy instruments such as the European Emissions Trading Scheme, an option favored by policymakers in Europe to achieve this objective. These fuels feature substantially reduced carbon life-cycle emissions in comparison to fossil fuels. In Europe, a mandatory quota for the use of sustainable fuels will most likely be introduced, starting in the year 2025. The introduction of a blending mandate by governments and the European Commission is associated with a range of challenges. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the economics of climate change mitigation in aviation and the role SAFs can play. The economic issues associated with the introduction of SAFs are analyzed, with a particular focus on the European Commission’s proposal for a blending mandate. Several suggestions for improvement are discussed. Furthermore, alternatives to SAFs are presented and evaluated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/194069/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Fuels—A Discussion of Challenges, Options and Alternatives
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Grimme, WolfgangUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8498-6281UNSPECIFIED
Date:25 February 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Verhagen, Wim J.C.RMIT University, Melbourne, Australiahttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7593-9109UNSPECIFIED
Mukandavire, ZindogaEmirates Aviation University, Dubai, UAEhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8108-1441UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:sustainable aviation fuels; climate change; aviation regulation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment, V - Ökonver II
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research > Air Transport Economics
Deposited By: Grimme, Wolfgang
Deposited On:06 Mar 2023 11:01
Last Modified:06 Mar 2023 11:01

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