Denmark unveils plan to make aviation sustainable

Published 20-09-2022

The government’s plan aims to ensure that Denmark has a domestic 100 percent green flight route by 2025 and that all domestic aviation will be green by 2030. The transition will be financed by imposing a flat passenger fee of 13 DKK.

Aviation literally connects Denmark. It is essential for both our business community and tourism industry. People will continue to travel by plane in the years to come, but we must make aviation sustainable.

Today, sustainable aviation fuels are far more expensive than fossil-based jet fuels. Consequently, the Danish government proposed to allocate more than 1.8 billion DKK to increase demand for sustainable aviation fuels. Starting in 2025, we will provide financing for a single domestic route and we will have a model in place that will allow us to fuel every single domestic flight by 2030.

To determine which airports that will become home to Denmark’s first green domestic route, the government will launch a tendering proces for the aviation- and fuel industry.

”This plan delivers on the Prime Minister’s pledge to first create a domestic flight route, before making domestic aviation fully green. Though starting domestically, we hope to have a global impact by paving the way for the development of sustainable aviation fuels.  We have already invested a significant amount of money in boosting the supply of sustainable fuels and now we are creating a demand-pull that kicks-start our domestic market”, says Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen.

A green commercial route will be among the first of its kind and could make Denmark a role model for the decarbonization of the global aviation industry.

The green transition of Denmark’s domestic aviation will be financed by imposing a 13 DKK flat fee per passenger on both domestic and international flights. Transfer and transit passengers are exempted from paying the fee.

The Danish government has already allotted 3 billion DKK to the production of sustainable fuels. Furthermore, the green tax reform will make it more expensive to use fossil fuels for aviation and more attractive to choose sustainable fuels.