On November 30th, Airlines For Europe (A4E) Managing Director, Thomas Reynaert, released a letter providing policy recommendations ahead of an EU Transport Minister’s meeting occurring on December 5th. The letter appeared to support the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation while proposing exemptions for small airports and cautioned against targets for hydrogen and electric re-charging infrastructure for aircraft. It also supported an EU sustainable aviation fuel mandate while appearing to oppose the provision enabling member states to increase national mandates, suggest that fuel cost implications from the invasion of Ukraine be considered for interim targets, and emphasize carbon leakage concerns.
On December 5th, A4E released a YouTube video opposing an EU jet fuel tax, while supporting the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The video stated a jet fuel tax would undermine the EU ETS, distort competition and could lead to an increase in CO2 emissions.
Following trilogue negotiations on the EU ETS for aviation, A4E released a position paper on December 7th. The paper appeared supportive of the EU’s decision to maintain the scope of the EU ETS to intra-EU flights and create sustainable aviation fuel-based allowances, while opposing the proposed 2026 phase-out date for free emissions allowance.