Дата: 16-01-18 11:48
BLOG: OPENING THE DOOR TO RENEWABLE FUELS
As we look ahead, one of the key topics across many sectors will be the EU’s fast-approaching Europe 2020 strategy, which emphasises sustainable growth, writes John Pitts.
With just two more years to reach the target of a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as set by EU leaders in 2007, there will be a huge emphasis on the use of renewable energy and sustainable sources across industries.
According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the global aviation industry produces just 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions.
Sustainable fuels are already being explored and considered by airlines, airports and operators across the world as a potentially viable source, but a wide adoption is sure to shake up the processes already in place.
Expanding the supply chain
The supply chains for raw materials, and other alternative sources used for renewable fuels, are not going to be the same as those used traditionally, and so the industry is going to need to adapt.
I believe there are lots of opportunities for new developments, new manufacturing pathways and for companies currently outside of the aviation fuel supply chain to join.
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A migration of skills from the traditional participants and stakeholders to ‘new’ ones involving new and different parties will need to take place relatively quickly if we are to harness these new supply chains, and it won’t be an easy task.
Renewables in action
We are currently working with Norwegian airport operator Avinor, which operates around 50 airports across Norway, on a fuels initiative at Oslo, and one outcome may be easier access to suppliers of sustainable fuels.
It’s a difficult task to introduce a new fuel type to the industry, and there will be issues over supply and demand for some time to come; but it’s not just airports and operators that are receptive to renewables.
There will be a need for continued pushing and pulling to make the supply chains well established and robust enough for use, and a wide adoption of initiatives like CORSIA to further enhance commitment. However, I do believe we will witness the greening of the fuel mix start to take place a lot sooner than some may think.
Источник информации: Airport World
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