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Stockholm Arlanda introduces biofuel for commercial flight


As of the 5th of January 2016, Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport (ARN) has started the use of biofuel for commercial flight operation, marked with the inaugural fuelling to SAS Scandinavian Airlines‘ A320neo flight number SK1419 departed at 10:00 a.m. for Copenhagen.

Swedavia, the parent company of ARN said that it has purchased 450 tons of biofuel via the Fly Green Fund at a cost of SEK 7.5 million ($832,149). This quantity of biofuel corresponds to the amount of fuel used for Swedavia’s official business travel in 2016.

The aim of Swedavia’s investment in aviation biofuel is to promote the domestic production of biofuel and help achieve the ambition of making Swedish domestic air travel completely fossil-free by 2030 in order to reduce the environmental impact of air travel. Today there is very limited access to aviation biofuel, and the price is too high for airlines.

The company explained that it is the first time aviation biofuel has been handled through the regular logistics chain for aviation fuel. For all other refueling using biofuel, for instance in Oslo, special solutions have been used. Today’s fuelling at Stockholm Arlanda shows that the aviation biofuel market is well on its way to maturity and that it is possible to buy aviation biofuel in the same way as fossil aviation fuel.

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On the 14th of November 2016, Alaska Airlines made history flying the first commercial flight using the world's first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).
 

Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia, said: “We at Swedavia want to lead the way and help increase the demand for aviation biofuel. We pay the added cost for the more expensive biofuel, which is something that other companies, organisations and individuals also have an opportunity to do today. When demand rises, market players will dare to invest in this alternative to today’s fuel.”

The initiative to purchase aviation biofuel is part of Swedavia’s extensive climate work. The company’s target is zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from its own operations by 2020. Some important measures to achieve this are airport vehicles that run on electricity or biogas, energy efficiency improvements and the transition from fossil fuel heating to “green” electricity and heating. The biofuel was produced by Altair and delivered by SkyNRG in partnership with AirBP.

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