RECCE: Resource to Climate Comparison Evaluator

Globally, the aviation industry is responsible for 2-3% of greenhouse gas emissions due to the CO2 released in making and burning fossil jet fuel. However, accounting for non-CO2 emissions and considering all parts of the sector – from energy and fuel production to distribution and flight – likely increases the climate impact of aviation by more than two-fold.

The industry is currently deliberating between many alternative aviation fuel and technology options to replace fossil jet fuel. A holistic view of the aviation sector is absolutely essential in order to make appropriate and evidence-based choices that minimise the industry’s resource requirements, costs and climate impact.

RECCE, the Resource to Climate Comparison Evaluator, aims to provide such a view by presenting a detailed breakdown of where in the system emissions occur and where the uncertainties are, as well as providing a scaled perspective of the resources and costs involved in producing alternative aviation fuels. To generate this data, the Aviation Impact Accelerator’s whole systems model has been run in 2035 at both ends of the uncertainty spectrum.

NB Climate impact is shown for the year 2035, relative to the in-flight CO2 released in an equivalent fossil-fuelled aircraft flying the same distance, based the selected time horizon basis.

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The Resource to Climate Comparison Evaluator (RECCE) IS AN INFORMATIVE TOOL AND DOES NOT EQUAL ADVICE. Any Use of the RECCE is carried out subject to acceptance of this DISCLAIMER and at the user’s own risk. The results presented by the RECCE utilizes available data provided by aviation business leaders, policy makers and academics as part of the AIA at a given point in time. The RECCE may be subject to revision on an ongoing basis and may be updated as knowledge in this area develops.

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