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Norway to introduce 0.5% sustainable aviation fuel quota from 2020

In Norway, the government has announced that a quota requirement of 0.5 percent of advanced biofuel in aviation will be introduced from 2020. A caveat is that the requirement stipulates that no biojet fuels derived from "problematic feedstocks such as palm oil" are eligible.

Biofuels are part of the solution to reduce emissions from the transport sector, especially in sectors such as aviation, where emission-free solutions lie further into the future. At the same time, we know that the climate benefit of biofuels varies between different types of biofuels. Therefore, we are now demanding that advanced biofuels be used when we propose a volume quota for aviation, said Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment.

Waste and residue derived aviation fuels only

The requirement stipulates that as of 2020, 0.5 percent of the annual volume of aviation fuel sold by fuel suppliers in Norway will have to be a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). It is up to the market players to decide actors where and when they mix the biofuel, and they may choose to adapt to the blending requirement as appropriate for individual clients.

However, it also states that biofuels derived from “problematic feedstocks such as palm oil” are ineligible.

According to the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, this will result in a reduction in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 14 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents in the first year.

The government’s goal is that by 2030, 30 percent of the airline fuel will be sustainable with a good climate effect. By establishing an airline volume turnover requirement, we ensure that there is a market for alternative fuels for aviation. This facilitates technology development and industrial development in Norway. We want to stimulate development where biofuels become more environmentally friendly. At the same time, it is important to be able to guarantee the industry long-term security safety in Norway. This has been a major wish from the industry. By announcing the introduction in 2020 and notifying this in good time, we provide the industry with predictability and time to adapt, said Minister Elvestuen.

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