The biofuel can cut fossil carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80%, but it’s shipped over all the way from the USA.
Bio aviation fuel made from used cooking oil is to be used for refueling planes over the next couple of days, starting today, at five Swedish airports.
The biofuel “potentially” reduces fossil carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel, airport operator Swedavia says.
Swedavia adds that the deliveries, to Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter, Stockholm Bromma, Visby Airport and Luleå Airport, confirms it as one of the few companies in the world that have been supplied with aviation biofuel in 2018.
The operator has worked on the biofuel issue over several years, and since 2016 it has purchased it corresponding to fuel used on the company’s flights for business purposes – about 450 tonnes of fuel annually.
The company’s target is for 5% of all fuel used to refuel aircraft at Swedish airports to be fossil-free by 2025, a goal that is line with the air transport industry’s work for fossil-free air travel.
In Sweden, the industry goal is for domestic air travel to be fossil-free by 2030 and for all air travel in the country to be fossil-free by 2045.
Swedavia buys the biofuel from Sweden’s Fly Green Fund, but the fuel itself is produced by the Boston-based advanced biofuel producer World Energy and delivered by the Dutch company SkyNRG in partnership with Shell.
On the ground, meanwhile, Swedavia wants all ten of its airports to be fossil-free by 2020, which is being achieved through investments in biofuel and electrification for all ground vehicles.
“Air travel needs to be part of the transport of the future and it must be sustainable. In the short term, biofuel is the solution that can provide the most benefit for the climate so investments in this are absolutely essential,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, president and chief executive of Swedavia.
Abrahamsson also urges the country to move towards substantial domestic biofuel production.
“With our forests as raw material, we also have good opportunities for large-scale domestic production of biofuel. There is potential here for a new Swedish industrial sector and a showcase for the country,” he says.