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Flying in transition: aviation industry relies on climate-neutral fuel


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Berlin / Frankfurt (dpa) - The German aviation industry has put together proposals to make long-term climate-neutral flying possible.

The industry association BDL considers the development of synthetic aviation fuel as the biggest lever, for which an industrial policy initiative of the EU and its member states is necessary.

For example, surplus wind power could be used to produce fuel using the Power to Liquid process. In a statement distributed on Friday in Berlin, the participating companies were ready to participate in corresponding pilot projects. Previously, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Friday) reported on it.

The association, which, among other things, organizes the airports and the larger airlines, also requires that the German air traffic tax be used to promote renewable fuels. So far, the BDL had always campaigned for the cancellation of the so-called ticket tax, which has contributed to the federal government last year, about 1.2 billion euros. Individual managers such as Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr or Frankfurt airport chief Stefan Schulte had already given up this position in recent months.

The BDL makes further suggestions: This is to provide passengers with easier CO2 compensation payments during the booking process. Also, the European airspace must be standardized in order to avoid climate-damaging detours of the aircraft. One would be prepared to discontinue inner-German routes if so-called intermodal transport became possible with a well-developed rail connection. The airlines invested in new, more efficient aircraft and continue to participate in international emissions trading programs. National stand-alones such as the introduction of a CO2 price, the BDL continues to reject.

Source: zeit

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