Finnair introduces carbon offsetting and biofuel service for customers
Finland's national air carrier Finnair has introduced a service, where its customers can offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of their flights by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or reduce emissions by buying sustainable biojet fuel. The "Push for change" service is available on Finnair's website or customers can also use frequent flyer points to pay for the service.
In December 2018, Finnair announced Netherlands-headed biojet fuel supplier SkyNRG, and Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states as its first phase partners for its biojet fuel and carbon dioxide (CO2) offset service. Finnair already offsets CO2 emissions of its own personnel’s duty travel through the CO2 emission reduction project.
We want to offer the best solutions for responsible air travellers. Aviation has several positive economic and social impacts, and it is important that we work hard to build more responsible air travel. Many important products we use in our daily life are transported by air cargo, air connections enable international trade and maintain relations, and travel industry is a key source of income and employment for many countries, said Topi Manner, CEO, Finnair.
Clean cookstoves or biofuel
Finnair customers can choose to support a CO2 emission reduction project, which enables the use of more efficient cookstoves in Mozambique. Efficient cookstoves reduce charcoal consumption and deforestation. The payments are transferred to the project in full through NEFCO.
The offset charge is EUR 1 for a return flight within Finland, EUR 2 for a return flight within Europe, and EUR 6 for a return intercontinental flight. The charges are based on the average emissions and the costs of reducing a CO2 tonne within the project.
Customers can also choose to support biofuel flights. The use of biofuel reduces CO2 emissions by 60-80 percent depending on the raw material. Finnair customers can buy biofuel for EUR 10, 20 or 65, to reduce the emissions of a return flight in Finland, return flight within Europe or return intercontinental flight.