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aireg e. V.: Analysis of sustainability standards for biofuels

Since its foundation in 2011, the efforts of the “Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany” (aireg e. V.) have been focused on the analysis of production pathways towards sustainable fuels and the development of strategies to overcome existing obstacles for their commercial implementation. A prominent example of such obstacles is the heterogeneity of existing national and international sustainability standards and certification schemes.

In order to support the process of harmonising sustainability standards, aireg Working Group “Sustainability”, led by Bauhaus Luftfahrt, has identified a set of criteria for ecological, economic and societal sustainability, which are most relevant from the aviation industry’s perspective. A comprehensive gap analysis has been performed, evaluating various sustainability standards against the set of criteria selected by aireg. The analysis showed that most of the examined standards only fulfil the minimum requirements of the European Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) in the form of ecological sustainability criteria. However, only five out of a total of ten examined standards, all being recognised by the European Commission, currently fulfil at least 50 % of the ambitious set of “aireg criteria”.

In order to ensure a production of biofuels that is also economically and socially sustainable, existing certification schemes have to be extended. Based on the described analysis and in close collaboration with other European and global initiatives, aireg will continue to support the process of harmonising sustainability standards and certification schemes at international level.

Additional information on the performed analysis, the selected “aireg criteria” and the examined sustainability standards are available on the aireg web page:

http://www.aireg.de/en/press-releases/400-biofuels-are-better-than-their-reputation-sustainability-is-verifiable.html

http://www.aireg.de/images/downloads/aireg/150601_1218%20HintergrundBenchmarkingZertifizierungssysteme.pdf

  • Set of sustainability criteria selected by aireg (“aireg criteria”)Set of sustainability criteria selected by aireg (“aireg criteria”)
  • Results of the gap analysis: Percentage values represent the match of each sustainability standard with the “aireg criteria”.Results of the gap analysis: Percentage values represent the match of each sustainability standard with the “aireg criteria”.