CEO Dick Benschop of Royal Schiphol Group argues today at the climate summit in Glasgow for an acceleration of sustainability of aviation. He does this at the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Ambassadors event, organized by the World Economic Forum and the British government.
Benschop: “The production and use of sustainable aviation fuels must be boosted. Cooperation between governments, airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and fuel producers is essential. It is important to offer companies and passengers the opportunity to fly, partly on sustainable fuel, as soon as possible. We will move from compensating for CO2 emissions to truly sustainable flying. That’s the new development. My hope is that the market will do more than the rules require. Then we can solve the dilemma surrounding sustainable flying.”
The new airport charges at Schiphol will provide an incentive for the use of sustainable aviation fuel. Airlines that refuel with biofuel or synthetic fuel at Schiphol receive euros and 1000 euros per tonne of sustainable fuel respectively. . For the time being, this contribution can amount to million euros in three years.
Mission Possible Partnership
Just before the start of the climate summit, Dick Benschop joined the newly established board of the Mission Possible Partnership. The partnership works together to transform some of the world’s most CO2-intensive industries. The board consists of top people from various sectors. Other board members include Martin Brudermüller (CEO BASF), Aditya Mittal (CEO ArcelorMittal), Charlotte Pera (Vice President for strategy and programs at Bezos Earth Fund) and Barbara Frei (Executive Vice-President, Industrial Automation Schneider Electric) .