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A fossil-free future

In just a few decades, the aviation industry has made significant progress in reducing emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from air travel. In 40 years, air travel has become 70 per cent more fuel-efficient and today accounts for 2 per cent of global emissions of fossil carbon dioxide. But to ensure a sustainable future, we need to be even better. Like global society in general, air travel needs to work toward a fossil-free future.

A fossil-free future

We at Swedavia can do a lot of this on our own. We are a company with ambitious targets and objectives in our environmental work. This includes our target of zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from our own operations by 2020. We are already well on our way there. But we shall also help operations that are connected to our own to be more sustainable.

We shall continue to link together modes of transit and help to increase mass transit to and from the airports, and we support airlines in the transition to renewable aviation fuel. As a result, we can offer our passengers an entirely fossil-free journey.

A green change – from fossil to renewable aviation fuel – is already possible today. This is not a question of a utopia, part of some distant future. The technology exists; flights using renewable fuel operate today on a regular basis in a limited number of places around the world. What is missing in order to increase volume and ensure that all airlines start using the fuel is large-scare production of renewable aviation fuel at a competitive price.

Fossil-free domestic air travel by 2030

By stimulating demand and securing the supply of renewable aviation, we can contribute to the conditions needed to develop large-scale production at a competitive price. Then we can have fossil-free domestic air travel in Sweden as early as in 2030.

The maths is simple. The cost of renewable aviation fuel must be reduced in order for it to be economically sustainable for airlines to choose the climate-smart alternative – an alternative that is made from materials such as forest waste, algae and food scraps. With ample access to forest and sea resources, Sweden could also be an important producer of renewable aviation fuel. Such a development is needed environmentally, can create important jobs, provide new knowledge and strengthen the Swedish economy.

How will we achieve these goals?

In order to meet increased demand for efficient air links with a clear reduction in the climate impact, investments in modern aircraft fleets and an efficient, secure supply of sustainable fuels are needed. Renewable fuel is a limited resource, and today the risk is that this liquid fuel will be used mostly in road traffic, where there are alternatives in the form of electricity, whereas air travel, which has no other alternatives, is prevented from realising an important opportunity for sustainable development.

We at Swedavia can do a great deal, but we cannot do everything. Collaboration is needed between political leaders, businesses and civil society. You as a private individual can also show that you want to fly fossil-free, for instance by paying a little extra for your flight to use renewable fuel.

Green flights for business purposes

Swedavia’s environmental work is focused on producing zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from its own operations by 2020 at the latest, enhancing mass transit to and from our airports and supporting the transition to fossil-free fuel in air travel. Our own target is being met with the help of substantial investments mostly in our entire fleet of vehicles, and we are involved in and driving the technological advances being made in this area.  

At present, we are ahead of schedule in terms of emissions reductions. But in order to implement full-scale production of renewable aviation fuel, we need to show that there is a demand for these fuels.

In light of this, Swedavia, as the first company in the world, has decided that, starting in 2016, all of the company’s flights for business purposes will use renewable aviation fuel. By leading the way and buying green flights for business purposes, we want to show decision-makers, companies and producers that there is also a demand for fossil-free fuels in air travel and as a result contribute to large-scale production. This is an important step toward achieving fossil-free domestic air travel in Sweden by 2030.

Fly Green Fund

Swedavia, together with the airlines SAS, Braathens Aviation and KLM and the private jet company European Flight Service, is a member of the economic association the Fly Green Fund. The Fly Green Fund works for a rapid increase in the demand for renewable aviation fuel in Sweden, in order to increase the volume produced and thus bring down costs. This is to be achieved by co-funding the added cost of renewable aviation fuel compared to fossil fuel. The vision is to give organisations and individuals the opportunity to fly more sustainably using renewable aviation fuel in the Nordic countries, at a reasonable cost.

There are mainly two obstacles that still prevent this from happening on a somewhat larger scale:

Price

Today renewable aviation fuel is expensive and volume is limited. That is true not just in Sweden and the other Nordic countries but throughout the world. To bring about lower prices, we must show that there are many of us who want to fly using renewable fuel and that we are willing to pay for it. In that way, we increase the incentive for production while bringing the price down.

Supply

We must secure the supply of fuel by contributing to local production in Sweden using local materials. This will give momentum to the market so that the price of bioaviation fuel becomes the same as (or falls below) the price of fossil jet fuel. To achieve this and to support the sustainable development of air travel, we must be among the pioneers.

The Fly Green Fund’s customers, both companies and leisure travellers, can decide for themselves how much they would like to invest in renewable aviation fuel. Of the money provided, 75 per cent will be used for renewable aviation fuel used by aircraft at an airport or by an airline that is a member of the Fly Green Fund. The remaining 25 per cent will be used to support development projects whose objective is to launch large-scale production of renewable aviation fuel in Sweden.

Read more at www.flygreenfund.se  (new window)