– We are proud to take the effort a further step to develop a greener aviation, says Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen.
Over a period of one year from March 2015, Statoil Aviation will deliver 2.5 million gallons of biofuels to the tanks at Oslo Airport. This amounts to around 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen with 50 percent biofuel mix.
Initially, delivered biofuel will be from used cooking oil, but major players in the power and the forest industry in Norway are now looking at the possibility of forest-based large-scale production of biofuels for aviation within a few years.
– It is not inconceivable that we in Norway have large-scale production of sustainable biofuels for aircraft at a competitive price in 2020, says Falk-Petersen.
– I am proud that Oslo Airport is the first airport in the world, that will offer our customers fast delivery of biofuels. Along with other measures, we will provide climate and environmental efforts a further boost, says managing director at Oslo Airport, Øyvind Hasaas.
The decision was also welcomed by the enviromental organziations.
– This is a good start for the development of biofuel market for aviation. This step shows that it is possible to have a green shift. It is also important that the government gets involved with tools that enable greater use of biofuels in aviation, says the president of the environmental organization ZERO, Marius Holm.
Statoil Aviation has taken the responsibility of biofuel delivery for testing at the business level. The company currently has an agreement with Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Brussels Airlines) SAS and KLM to supply biofuels at Oslo Airport.
There are two specific industrial Norwegian initiatives for biofuel production today; Statkraft and Södra at Tofte, and Viken Skog / Treklyngen Hønefoss. Both projects are looking at the possibility of producing both biodiesel for heavy transport and biojetfuel for aviation needs. One biofuel plant can produce enough biojetfuel and biodiesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation by 10-15 percent and give large cuts in emissions in transportation.
The production of biofuels can be a win / win situation for Norway by providing reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased value of forest – an important step towards a sustainable industry in Norway and the transition to the renewable zero emission society.