Finnair uses recycled cooking oil as fuel to fly to New York
Milan, 24 September 2014. Concurrently at the UN climate summit in New York, Finnair acted yesterday on a flight from Helsinki to New York with an Airbus A330 powered with sustainable biofuel. As a leader in the sustainable development of commercial air transport, Finnair strongly believes in the adoption of concrete measures for the management of environmental performance.
Most of the environmental impact of an airline is due to emissions from aircraft in flight. The transition to a more sustainable fuel source is able to reduce net CO2 emissions from 50 and the 80 percent ’. The biofuel used for the flight to New York, provided by Nordic SkyNRG – a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation – is partly produced with recycled cooking oil, obtained from restaurants. It's a biofuel, alternative to conventional propellants, which greatly reduces net emissions and greenhouse gases. Finnair and its partners insist on the cultivation of biofuel sources that do not compete with food production, neither detrimental to biodiversity.
The biofuel for aviation ’ is a proven technology and carefully tested – Finnair has made the first flight with biofuel in 2011 – but currently costs more than double compared to conventional fuel and is not yet convenient for everyday use. This demonstration flight was made possible thanks to the collaboration with Airbus and Nordic SkyNRG.
“The UN climate summit is an important meeting to combat climate change, and we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight ’ the benefits of adoption of biofuels in the field of aviation ’”, said Vice-President of sustainable development of Finnair Kati Ihamäki. “Finnair is committed to collaborating with industry partners and Government agencies to help develop biofuels production and reduce the cost ".
“Since air traffic contributes to the 2% total emissions of greenhouse gases, It is very important to perform this test with the ’ use of biofuel”, said Finnish Minister for international development Pekka Haavisto ". If the price of oil rises and biofuels become cheaper, We hope, one day, to replace at least some of the fossil fuels with those derived from renewable energies and energy from waste. I am proud that Finnair is taking leadership in this process”.
“Finnair's Airbus customer by almost 30 years and are very proud to collaborate with the airline for this commercial flight”, said Andrea Debbané, vice President Environmental Affairs, Airbus. “Finnair Airbus and share the ambition of ’ aviation sector to achieve growth with low environmental impact, using the more modern aircraft ’ and efficient in terms of power consumption, Optimizing air traffic management and encouraging the commercial use of biofuel ’ at affordable prices ".
“This flight is a warm up, that precedes a great effort on our part with partners Statoil Aviation, Neste Oil and many others, to speed up the local supply and ’ the production of sustainable and affordable fuel for the Nordic countries”, said CEO Dirk Kronemeijer SkyNRG. “With a shared commitment – including the fundamental support of Governments – and a shared determination, We can build a sustainable future and for long-term aviation ’ ".
Together with its partners Finnair is currently considering the possibility of establishing a Center for biofuels at the Helsinki airport. At the moment it is also active in NISA (Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation), a group of airlines, airport operators, builders and ministries working to accelerate the development of sustainable biofuels for aviation in the Nordic countries ’.
Finnair Press Office Source