What the industry is doing
Aviation has become 80 per cent more fuel-efficient over the past 50 years. We are at the beginning of a strong development phase of technological advances in aviation. There are many companies and other organisations driving this effort and working together to achieve sustainable aviation.
Reduction quota scheme for aviation in 2021
The Swedish government presented a reduction quota scheme for kerosene jet fuel in its 2020 budget to be implemented during the first half of 2021. This is good news for the aviation sector, which after many years of political discussions and inquiries now has a concrete policy instrument for the increased use of renewable aviation fuel. At the EU level too, the issue of a reduction quota scheme for aviation to increase the mixture of renewable aviation fuel is now being discussed.
Road Map for Fossil-Free Competitiveness
The Swedish aviation industry, together with the Swedish Government’s initiative Fossil-Free Sweden, has developed a road map that shows how domestic air transport shall be fossil-free by 2030 and how all flights originating from Swedish airports (domestic and international) shall be fossil-free by 2045. This is in line with the Swedish Government’s climate goals but is more ambitious than both European and global climate goals for air transport. The path to achieve this is primarily through energy efficiency measures, renewable jet fuels and electrification. Read the road map.
Intensive research and development on electric and hybrid aircraft is under way. With today’s batteries, it is possible to build passenger plans with about 20 seats and a range of 400 kilometres. Roughly one third of all domestic flights in Sweden and half of domestic flights in Norway are for distances of up to 400 kilometres.
A large number of electric aircraft projects are under way around the world. In Sweden, there is currently Heart Aerospace, which is aimed at having electric aircraft ready by 2025. Swedavia has adopted a strategy for electric aircraft and is currently reviewing tour power supply and infrastructure related to electric aircraft at our airports.
Fossil-free aviation 2045
Through the innovation cluster Fossil-free aviation 2045, which Swedavia started with RISE and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), stakeholders in the value chain for sustainable air transport have joined forces to speed up development and achieve this goal by 2045. 5. The cluster has developed a road map that the industry presented in 2018, and the activities needed to reach these goals have been put into concrete terms.