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Stakeholders enable sustainable aviation fuel flights from five Swedish airports

This year, Swedavia AB, the largest Swedish airport operator, received sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at five of their airports. With these deliveries, Swedavia is demonstrating their continued commitment to making the aviation industry more sustainable and reducing their own carbon footprint from flying.

Richard Bokström refuelling biojet to flight SK1419, an Airbus A320 Neo that departed from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) today (photo courtesy Victoria Ström).

Richard Bokström refuelling the first biojet flight, SK1419, an Airbus A320 Neo that departed from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) January 3, 2017  (photo courtesy Victoria Ström).

The fuel is produced by US-headed renewable fuel producer World Energy in Los Angeles, California and supplied by SkyNRG and Shell through the Fly Green Fund. The fuel is supplied at five of Swedavia’s airports: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT), Bromma Stockholm Airport (BMA), Visby Airport (VBY), and Luleå Airport (LLA).

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. With our forests as raw materials, 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, said Jonas Abrahamsson, President, and CEO of Swedavia.

The Fly Green Fund is a Nordic initiative founded by SkyNRG, NISA and Karlstad Airport (KSD), that enables organizations and individuals to reduce their carbon emissions by flying on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Customers in the Fly Green Fund pay for the price difference between sustainable aviation fuel and conventional jet fuel, thereby stimulating the development of this industry. Swedavia joined the Fly Green Fund as a launching partner in 2015 and also became a corporate customer.

Thanks to partners, companies, and travellers that have made contributions to the Fly Green fund, we have been able to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Swedish airports. In a time when climate change is high on the agenda this is an important step towards a more sustainable way of flying, said Susanne Sävenfalk, Managing Director of the Fly Green Fund.

Swedavia is reducing carbon emissions for all their business flights through the Fly Green Fund. With their support, Swedavia is not only making its own air travel more sustainable but through their partnership in the Fly Green Fund, it is also supporting the development of local SAF production.

The target is to have all ground operations at Swedavia’s ten airports fossil-free by 2020. This is primarily achieved through large-scale investments on biofuel and electrification of all land vehicles. The company also aims at five percent of all fuel fueled at Swedish airports to be fossil-free 2025 – a goal that is in line with the airline’s work for a fossil-free flight.

The industry’s goal is that the Swedish domestic flight should be fossil-free in 2030 and all Swedish flights fossil-free by 2045.

It is great to see that Swedavia is at the forefront of making the aviation industry more sustainable. Their commitment, together with the other partners and customers in the Fly Green Fund, is essential to scale this industry and support the development of SAF in the Nordics, said Theye Veen, Executive Director SkyNRG.

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