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Sweden proposing ambitious aviation GHG emission reduction targets

Sweden has an ambitious target of being fossil-free by 2045. As a part of the initiative, a proposal for decarbonizing aviation was announced on March 4, 2019. The proposal suggests that Sweden would introduce a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden, a move that is welcomed by Finland headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj.

Neste’s MY Renewable Jet Fuel has proven its technical capability in thousands of commercial flights. Easily adopted by airlines without the need for investments in new jet engines or segregated fuel distribution systems, it is produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the life-cycle.

The global aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from air transport, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 percent reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050.

While aviation needs multiple solutions for GHG reduction, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering aircraft.

According to the proposal, commissioned by Swedens’s Minister for Energy and Climate Isabella Lövin and presented on March 4, the reduction level would be 0.8 percent in 2021 and gradually increase to 27 percent in 2030. The reduction levels are estimated to be equivalent of 1 percent (11 000 tonnes) sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, 5 percent (56 000 tonnes) in 2025 and 30 percent (340 000 tonnes) in 2030.

This makes Sweden an undisputed leader in decarbonizing aviation.

We need forerunners and courageous countries to lead the way in sustainable growth of aviation. I want to congratulate Sweden – it has set the bar very high on what comes to aviation emission reduction by using renewable jet fuel. This announcement sets a clear and bold target and shows the direction aviation must take in order to reach its emission reduction target. Also, it creates the necessary predictability in demand for Neste and other renewable jet fuel producers to invest in increasing the production, said Neste’s CEO Peter Vanacker.

Norway has announced its 0.5 percent biojet fuel blending mandate in 2020. According to Neste, there will be enough capacity on the market to supply the anticipated volumes of renewable jet fuel to Sweden and Norway.

Neste has produced first commercial-scale volumes of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel made out of waste and residues, and there will be scaled-up volumes in the following years. Neste has announced that it will build additional renewable products capacity, which will enable the production of renewable jet fuel up to 1 million tonnes annually by 2022.

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