Swedish Airports Look To Go Green

 - December 19, 2018, 2:15 PM

Five airports in Sweden operated by the state-owned group Swedavia began conducting a biofuel trial this month. The fuel available at Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter, Bromma Stockholm, Visby, and Luleå airports was synthesized from used cooking oil by World Energy. It was purchased from the Fly Green Fund, which provides companies with the opportunity to use bio-aviation fuel for their flights, and delivered by SkyNRG in partnership with Shell. Use of the fuel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent compared to conventional jet fuel.

Since 2016, the company has purchased biofuel equivalent for its business flights. Swedavia aims to have all 10 of its airports fossil-free by 2020, 5 percent of all the fuel used to refuel at Swedish airports fossil-free by 2025, and all air travel in the country fossil-free by 2045.

“Air travel needs to be part of the transport of the future and it must be sustainable,” said Swedavia president and CEO Jonas Abrahamsson. “In the short term, biofuel is the solution that can provide the most benefit for the climate, so investments in this are absolutely essential.” He believes that with its forests to provide source material for the production of biofuel, Sweden has the potential for large-scale domestic production. “There is potential here for a new Swedish industrial sector and a showcase for the country,” he concluded.