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Franz Josef Radermacher of GES has signed two open letters to the EU Commission. The background is the EU’s Fit for 55 programme and the EU’s goal of climate neutrality in 2050. The first letter contains a plea for synthetic fuels. The second letter is about climate regulations in the transport sector.

The airline Swiss is refuelling all its aircraft departing from Zurich with the CO2-reduced fuel Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with immediate effect. According to Swiss, SAF is three to five times more expensive than conventional paraffin. About 1 percent of Swiss customers would pay a higher ticket price to offset the CO2 emissions of their flight.

Global demand for electricity is growing faster than renewable energy. As a result, more electricity is being produced from fossil sources. The new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electricity demand to increase by 5 percent in 2021, which will also increase global CO2 emissions. Almost half of the additional demand will be met by fossil fuels, mainly coal.