January 20, 2015
Berlin - After years of market preparation more and more airlines are using alternative aviation fuels. This year Lufthansa Group will conduct 5,000 flights from Oslo with bio-kerosene. Unfortunately, Germany still lacks bio-refineries and appropriate framework conditions. As part of the 12th International Congress "Fuels of the Future" aireg demonstrates how the necessary infrastructure can be created in order to strengthen the sustainability of aviation.
Prof. Jürgen Raps, President of the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany - aireg e.V. said ahead of the bio-kerosene panel: "Globally, there are excellent examples of the use of alternative fuels in aviation. As a leading industrial nation Germany can and must follow suit. Market ready options include co-processing in conventional refineries, the re-use of closed sites, as well as highly efficient new plants. Technology and demand exist, the necessary investment however, requires appropriate incentive systems and stable political targets. Norway is a taking a formidable step forward with its project at Oslo Airport."
aireg hosts a panel on bio-kerosene on the second day of the "Fuels of the Future" in Berlin's new convention center CityCube. Honeywell UOP, OMV and TOTAL present their innovative technology options, while Lufthansa shows how alternative aviation fuels can positively influence the fuel purchase of the airline in general.
On the occasion of the conference aireg releases its new brochure "Sustainability of Alternative Aviation Fuels". The initiative clarifies its position on current issues like feedstock competition, social impact and development opportunities of bioenergy production:
Companies and organizations from industry, research and science founded aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. in 2011. aireg is promoting the development and use of renewable liquid fuels in order to help achieve the ambitious CO2 reduction targets of the aviation sector. aireg aims to replace 10% of the German jet fuel demand with sustainable, alternative aviation fuels by 2025.