This project has been years in the making and the culmination of a lot of hard work by a number of partners, including the Norwegian airport operator, Avinor, Air BP and SkyNRG. You may remember that this biofuel project was one of our Aviation Climate Solutions, a publication that was launched in September last year. At that time, the project was still in the works, but it’s formal kick-off today marks a significant milestone on the path to more sustainable aviation.
Lufthansa, KLM and SAS have been announced as the launch customers for the biofuel, which is initially being made from the camelina plant, but Avinor and partners have big plans for the future. In the coming years, they hope to produce the biofuel using a naturally abundant feedstock in Norway, forestry residue.
What makes this project particularly significant is that the fuel will be supplied to airlines via the airport’s hydrant system, making refueling far more straightforward. This “normalising” of the process of refueling using sustainable alternative fuels is, in itself, a major step.
So, next time you’re flying out of Oslo Airport, there’s a good chance that your flight will be partly powered by the fuel of the future!