Oslo Airport becomes world’s first airport to supply sustainable jet fuel to airlines

25 January 2016 (Last Updated January 25th, 2016 18:30)

Oslo Airport has become the world's first airport to offer sustainable jet biofuel to all airlines.

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Oslo Airport has become the world's first airport to offer sustainable jet biofuel to all airlines.

The jet biofuel is supplied by Air BP. Lufthansa Group, SAS and KLM have signed agreements to buy the fuel.

The sustainable jet fuel is delivered from the airport's main fuel farm, through the existing hydrant system.

Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen stated: "Oslo Airport is now the world's first major international airport with regular deliveries of jet biofuel."

Norwegian airport operator Avinor played a crucial part in the commercial offtake agreements by offering incentives for all flights at Oslo Airport that use sustainable jet fuel.

"We are extremely pleased that we can offer jet biofuel at Oslo Airport."

Produced by Neste in the framework of the demonstration project ITAKA, funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, the sustainable jet fuel is made from camelina oil that is RSB certified and has received a positive advice from SkyNRG's independent sustainability board.

Avinor and Air BP believe that this marks the beginning of a trend towards making jet biofuel a viable commercial option across the world.

Currently, Air BP has signed an agreement for the supply of 1.25 million litres to Oslo Airport. It intends to slowly increase this volume in the near future and establish regular supply of jet biofuel to Oslo Airport.

Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said: "We are extremely pleased that we can offer jet biofuel at Oslo Airport.

"This is in line with climate objectives set by both Avinor and the aviation sector. We hope that this will inspire other airports to follow suit, so that we can all work towards a common goal of climate-neutral aviation."

Air BP CEO David Gilmour said: "This is the first time jet biofuel is being delivered through the normal supply mechanism, thus reducing logistics costs significantly.

"We want to demonstrate that airports can readily access biofuel with relative ease, utilising existing physical infrastructure. We anticipate that this will increase interest and demand, as well as contributing to a sustainable biofuel future for the aviation sector."

This initiative is in line with the environmental targets that the aviation industry has established - climate-neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% cut in emissions by 2050, compared with the 2005 level.

The EU also has set a target that 3.5% of all aviation fuel would be biofuel by 2020.


Image: Oslo Airport has become the world's first airport to offer jet biofuel to all airlines. Photo: courtesy of Oslo Airport.