Such a fuel releases only as much CO2 as was previously extracted from the atmosphere. It is the common goal of the signatories to prepare these promising technologies for later production on an industrial scale. The partnership initiated by the Lufthansa Group airline subsidiaries SWISS and Edelweiss is to include, among other things, cooperation in the areas of technology and economic efficiency. It is also intended to agree on acceptance quotas of SAF at a later date in order to support future demonstration projects of the partners. Further contents of the cooperation are to be worked out by the end of 2020.
“In contrast to other modes of transport, air transport will depend on sustainable liquid fuels in the foreseeable future. Their market launch requires a joint effort by fuel manufacturers and airlines,” said Dr Aldo Steinfeld, Professor for Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich. Christina Foerster, Executive Board Member of Deutsche Lufthansa AG responsible for customer & corporate responsibility, commented: “With the planned cooperation, we are once again underlining the importance of SAF for the goal of achieving aviation with a balanced CO2 sheet.”