Government considering counting aviation biofuel as generating zero CO2 emissions,…

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Government considering counting aviation biofuel as generating zero CO2 emissions,…

Government considering counting aviation biofuel as generating zero CO2 emissions, in the UK ETS
2021-10-15 17:54:00
The UK Government has proposed an amendment to the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) legislation to allow aviation biofuel (one type of sustainable aviation fuel or SAF) to be treated as having zero emissions as long as it meets the sustainability criteria in the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RFTO).  The UK ETS will only cover domestic flights, and those from UK airports to European countries – not long haul.  Airlines are permitted a number of free ‘allocations’ in the ETS per year. Once these allocations are used, airlines must buy unused allocations from other operators or sectors.  Counting aviation biofuel as having zero emissions would mean that no allocations would need to be surrendered for that fuel. It is highly misleading to claim that biofuels provide 100% CO2 savings, in life cycle analysis. Currently fuels with a 50% emissions saving or more can benefit from the RTFO policy. The way the carbon saving is calculated can be complicated, and include different factors.  When burnt, SAFs emit at least as much CO2 as kerosene, and as such, should only be considered to offer a ‘net’, and not ‘actual’ emissions reduction. AEF comments: “The aviation sector has a history of being given favourable treatment in policy. This has to stop if the sector is to achieve net zero.” .Tweet   GOVERNMENT MULLS COUNTING AVIATION BIOFUEL AS GENERATING ZERO EMISSIONS UNDER UK EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME 14th October, 2021 From the AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) The UK Government has proposed an amendment to the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) legislation to allow aviation biofuel (one type of sustainable aviation fuel or SAF) to be treated as having zero emissions as long as it meets the sustainability criteria in the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RFTO). What is the UK ETS? The UK ETS, which works on a ‘cap and trade’ principle, replaced the EU ETS on 1st January 2021, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It sets an upper limit (or cap) on CO2 emissions from energy intensive industries operating in the UK, which decreases over time. Airlines must participate, with the ETS applying to all UK domestic flights, as well as flights departing from the UK to the EU (with flights from EU states to the UK potentially being covered by the EU ETS). Airlines are permitted a number of free ‘allocations’ which cover a certain level of emissions from their flights per year. Once these allocations are used, airlines must buy unused allocations from

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