Direct air capture holds one of the keys to sustainable aviation. The ReFuelEU proposal should help scale up investment in DAC in order to make this a viable and affordable pathway for e-kerosene production.
Some members of the Negative Emissions Platform engaged with Direct Air Capture (DAC) have developed fuel-production pathways for synthetic aviation fuels from atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and green hydrogen, which are known as Direct Air Capture-fuels (DAC-fuels). These fuels are included in a category known as “synthetic aviation fuels” or “e-kerosene”. They have the potential to lower greenhouse emissions from the aviation sector and should therefore be scaled-up to drive the sector’s decarbonisation.
We therefore ask for policy signals in the ReFuelEU Aviation proposal to scale up investment in DAC and propose that a share of DAC be mandated within the synthetic aviation fuel sub-target.