Premiere for biojet at Malmö Airport
Malmö Airport (MMX) is the latest airport in Sweden where an aircraft has been refuelled with a biojet fuel making it the fifth airport in the country.
In 2016, Swedavia Group, the Swedish owner, operator and developer of ten airports across the country purchased biojet fuel corresponding to the total fuel consumption of its employee’s service flights the year previous. It is the first company in the world to carry out such a venture, something it repeated by ordering biofuel for 2017 service flights.
According to the company, it is an important step for aviation climate mitigation work as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has the potential to reduce emissions of fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flight by up to 80 percent. Biojet has previously used at four of Swedavia’s ten airports and December 6 marked the first time it was used at Malmö Airport (MMX).
The future of for aviation is fossil-free and to achieve this, large-scale investments are needed for biofuel, said Peter Weinhandl, Airport Manager at Malmö Airport.
As an airport operator, Swedavia wants to contribute to fossil-free domestic flights which it says is possible but requires the large-scale production and use of biofuel. However, the availability of this fuel is still limited and the price is too high to compete with fossil fuels.
By Svedavia taking and buying biofuel, we contribute to increased demand – which is a prerequisite for large-scale production and a competitive price. Together we can make domestic flights fossil free by 2030, said Weinhandl.
The initiative to purchase biofuel fuel is part of Swedavia’s comprehensive climate work, where one of the targets is zero emissions of fossil CO2 from its own business operations by 2020. Electric- and biogas-powered vehicles and the transition from fossil energy to renewable electricity and heat are other important measures to achieve this goal.
Swedavia buys biojet fuel through the financial association Fly Green Fund. The fuel has been manufactured by Altair Fuels and delivered by SkyNRG.