The Dutch aviation sector is a substantial contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, both domestically and internationally, as Schiphol airport functions as an important international hub. For this reason, the Netherlands has initiated the ‘Sustainable Aviation Table’, which brings the government and the Dutch aviation industry together to discuss the actions that need to be taken in order to establish a net-zero emission industry in the long run. One of the working groups of the Sustainable Aviation Table is the working group on sustainable fuels, in Dutch known as the ‘Werkgroep Duurzame Brandstoffen’ (abbreviated to WDB).
About the WDB SAF Action Programme
The purpose of the WDB is to accelerate and positively stimulate movement towards the targets set for the production and uptake of SAF (sustainable aviation fuels) in the Netherlands. The WDB has committed itself to replace 14% of its fossil kerosene with sustainable kerosene by 2030. Furthermore, the WDB strives for 100% fossil kerosene replacement with SAF by 2050. This target meets the sector’s commitment to reduce its emissions in 2050 by at least 50% compared to those in 2005. Lastly, this coalition of government and industry seeks to achieve zero emissions from aviation by 2070.