On 3rd March 2020, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water presented a letter to parliament announcing that the government will introduce a Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) blending obligation by 2023, if an equivalent European obligation is not put in place by this time. This announcement was made on the basis of a study that E4tech and studio Gear Up carried out for the Dutch government investigating the effectiveness of a renewable energy obligation for aviation. With the recent approval of the Green Deal, momentum has grown around implementing stronger European policy on low-carbon aviation, with special focus on SAF.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned the Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (EINA) programme to help them prioritise public investment in low carbon innovation across the energy system.
In a report just launched at COP24 in Katowice and commissioned by Drax, researchers from Imperial College London and E4tech looked at how 25 countries in the last decade have decarbonised their power sector, changed fossil fuel consumption, increased EV sales, deployed CCS capacity and improved energy efficiency of households, buildings and transport. Across these five metrics, the UK, behind only Denmark, has made considerable progress towards the energy transition required to achieve climate targets.