Norway: 30% of fuel sustainable by 2030?

Industry players urge government to free up public funding
Around 30%, or 400 million litres, of all aviation fuel used at Norway’s airports could be sustainable by 2030, according to a new report by engineering consulting group Rambøll. This fuel would be created from forestry waste and pulpwood from the country’s forests.
However, sustainable biofuel remains a work in progress. At the moment, very little is produced on a global scale and the small amount available is not priced competitively.
This means that achieving the target of a 30% blend, and the corresponding cut in emissions, would only be possible with the help of public funding, airport operator Avinor says.
“All the parties involved in Norwegian aviation must share responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is extremely good news that it will be possible to achieve a 30% cut in emissions thanks to large-scale investments in sustainable biofuels. The increase in production would also create new businesses and jobs in Norway,” said Dag Falk-Petersen, Avinor CEO.
Torbjørn Lothe, director general of the Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industry added: “The authorities and politicians will have to facilitate large-scale investment in the commercial production of biofuel in Norway, with financial incentives that work.
“The environmental charges currently paid by the airlines would have to be used for activities that benefit the climate. This would allow us to create a commercial market for the production of biofuel for aviation as quickly as possible. The sustainable biofuel would also have to go to those sectors of the aviation industry which currently have no other technological alternatives.”
Avinor’s unveiling last week of a new airport in Bergen included making sustainable biofuel available to airlines, the second airport in Norway where this is possible.
TTG Nordic

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