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Biofuels quota reduces aviation's climate impact – Svebio

In a statement, the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) has said that it supports the proposal for a Swedish quota for aviation biofuel from 2021 presented in Maria Wetterstrand's study commissioned by Swedens’s Minister for Energy and Climate Isabella Lövin. But Svebio believes that the quota should be increased faster in the first years until 2025 than the study suggests.

In July 2018, Preem and SAS unveiled intentions to produce renewable aviation fuel and develop the Swedish biojet market.

In addition, Svebio says that a partial quota for fuels made from lignocellulosic feedstock should be introduced to stimulate the production of fuels from forest raw materials. This is evident in Svebio’s formal commentary on the proposal, which was presented on March 4, 2019.

The Nordic countries have good opportunities to take the lead in climate-friendly flights. Both Sweden, Norway, and Finland aim for 30 percent biofuel fuel by 2030. Norway has already decided on a quota for biofuel fuel at that level and is introducing a quota of 0.5 percent as of the turn of the year. The new Finnish government has voted for a quota with the same goals as Norway. If Sweden decides according to Maria Wetterstrand’s proposal, we will get good Nordic coordination with a proper volume that provides a basis for investment. Sweden should also influence the Danish government to introduce a similar quota, commented Gustav Melin, CEO of Svebio.

Melin highlights that there is plenty of raw material for biofuel production in the Nordic region, from forestry, agriculture, and waste.

Further support from the state is needed to boost production. But the crucial thing is that there is a growing provision for the biofuels that are produced, Melin said adding that sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is one of the topics to be discussed during the Advanced Biofuels Conference being held in Stockholm this week.

Svebio’s views in summary

  • Svebio supports the proposals to set targets for reduced climate impact from aviation and the introduction of a reduction quota for aviation fuel being refueled in Sweden.
  • Svebio believes that the quota curve should be linear from 2021 to 2030, ie increase faster in the years 2021 – 2025 than the study suggests. Within the framework of the reduction ratio, a certain proportion should be reserved for lignocellulosic biofuels.
  • Svebio supports the proposal for a reduction duty of SEK 6 per kg carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • In order to stimulate Swedish production of biojet fuel, funds can already be diverted today from the Climate Step (Klimatklivet) and Industry Switch (Industriklivet) support programmes, especially for medium-sized development and demonstration projects. For very large production facilities, additional support may be needed.

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