Aviation head calls for government support on biofuels

08 May 2013 11:37  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--The time frame and associated costs of using commercial biofuels in the aviation industry is an unknown, a keynote speaker said on Wednesday.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO Tony Tyler said there is a considerable gap between where biofuels are now and the full scale commercialisation required to be carbon neutral.

“Airlines are not going to use biofuels unless it is competitive on price and government is going to have to get involved,” Mr Tyler said.

“I don’t have a forecast of when we’re likely to see commercial biofuels available, I suspect it’s going to take a while.”

Tyler used the keynote address to call for government support in helping the aviation industry reach carbon neutral growth by 2020.

“There have been more than 1,500 flights using alternative low carbon biofuels, yet despite all the time and effort, we’re quite a long way from being able to introduce this on a global scale,” Tyler said.

He outlined a six-point plan to help reach the 2020 goals, some of which include more research, policy to reduce investment risk and global recognition of sustainability.

Tyler said the cost of conventional fuel was also worrying, with the aviation industry’s fuel bill expected to increase by $7bn (€5.32bn).

The issue of high fuel costs at the point of delivery was also noted, and a solution required greater competition at airports between suppliers.

He also called for a global fuel quality assurance scheme to prevent fuel contamination, which can be caused from long and complex supply chains.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Kate Wilcock
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