France’s parliament is in the process of adopting legislation through its draft 2021 budget that will require any airliner refuelling in the country to use at least 1% renewable bio-jet fuel.
Bio-jet fuels are made from waste or vegetable or animal oils and they emit up to 80% less CO2 than fossil-based kerosene, which is currently used by airliners.
France plans to increase this obligation to 2% of all aviation fuel by 2025, 5% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.
Globally, only around 0.6% of the jet fuel used to power aircraft is sustainable biofuel, aviation news network Runway Girl states.
This is due to the fact that renewable bio-jet fuels are three to six-times more expensive than fossil fuels, depending on the technology.
A ticket on a plane travelling from Paris to New York using 1% bio-jet fuel will cost each passenger around €4 more.
Other European nations are not required to undertake the same action.
"These measures should be developed at least at European level and ideally at international level," François Ioos, vice-president of biofuels at Total France, told Le Figaro.
Norway and Sweden have also set targets to increase airliners’ use of bio-jet fuels.