Published on March 31, 2021

Launched in March, the document is a product of the project Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels (ProQR)

Given the emission reduction targets in Brazil, one of the possible solutions to decarbonise the aviation sector is the use of Power-to-Liquid Sustainable Aviation Fuels (PtL SAF). The study Preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Licensing of Renewable Aviation Fuel Production Plants Near Remote Airports in Brazil provides information from a legal perspective on the use of the technology in the country.

According to resolutions by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), PtL SAF can be used in a proportion of up to 50% in aircraft. The Brazilian legislation already provides several standards and resolutions aimed to protect the environment. Yet, there is still a need for an official instruction that regulates the environmental licensing of PtL SAF plants. The study provides strategic guidelines to assist the environmental licensing procedure.

Positive impacts

The production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels requires carbon dioxide and water that goes through a chemical process already known (Fischer-Tropsch). For that reason, the PtL SAF in air transport can promote a significant reduction of emissions.

PtL SAF production plants are modular and supplied only with renewable energy. They can then be installed very close to airfields. This is particularly interesting for remote areas in Brazil, because it can reduce emissions associated with transporting the fuel to the site. Environmentally, the installation of those plants is helpful and safe. PtL SAF can ensure that Brazil meets its own emission reduction target. For more information, check out the study (in Portuguese).

This study was prepared under the Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels (ProQR) Project, conducted through the Brazil-Germany Technical Cooperation for Sustainable Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI) and through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU), based on a decision by the German Parliament.

Contributor to this article is Bárbara Correa.

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