France could lead the way and make private jets use biofuel, says minister
Private jets should be powered by biofuel rather than being subject to additional taxes or even banned altogether, said the French Minister for Public Action and Accounts, Gabriel Attal.
Mr Attal’s comments follow a debate that erupted in France earlier this year over the use of private jets, with environmentalists calling for a ban on such flights and accusing the government of not doing enough to fight against climate change.
Jean-Marc Zulesi, deputy and chairman of a committee responsible for sustainable development, tabled a proposal last week to double the tax on kerosene.
Mr Attal said the government wanted to move in that direction but also aimed to be more ambitious.
“Rather than being the first [country] prohibit or surcharge [private] jets, let’s be the first country to fly them on biofuel,” he said.
He said an Airbus A380 successfully completed a 100% biofuel-powered flight in March 2022.
There is still a debate about how green and environmentally friendly biofuels are.
Nicolas Paulissen, the general delegate of the Union of French Airports (UAF), recently told The Connexion that he believed more in investments in technologies to “green” the sector, such as sustainable fuels, electric planes and hydrogen planes, than to bans or additional taxes. .
People who take private jets can afford to pay for sustainable fuels
“The challenge facing airports today is the green energy transition. We need to speed this up. We need to work on decarbonizing our business,” he said.
“People on these flights have the financial means to pay for sustainable aviation fuels.”
“If in the near future we are going to have hydrogen planes or electric planes, we have to at least start thinking about it now. So it is now a question of investment.
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