Norway’s leadership in sustainable aviation
Neste welcomes Norway’s leadership in reducing emissions from aviation. The Norwegian government announced on 4th October 2018, that it will introduce a 0.5 % biofuel blending mandate for aviation. This is the first time in the world, when biofuel is an essential element in the aviation fuel. The industry needs forerunners and bold countries, since European regulation seems to have inadequate support to sustainable growth in aviation. The signal Norway's regulation sends to other countries and markets is important. This will create the necessary predictability for Neste and other producers to boost their production of aviation biofuels.
Active development and deployment of renewables
Since 2012, Neste has been an active member of Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (AIREG), which advances the development and deployment of renewable liquid fuels in aviation. AIREG is a network of enterprises and R&D organizations founded in September 2011. The overarching goal of the organization is to contribute to achieving aviation's ambitious CO2 reduction goals.
Neste supports the 2011 established European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath initiative to increase the use of sustainably produced biofuel in aviation by 2020. The initial goal of the project was to increase airlines’ annual usage of biofuels to 2 million tons annually by 2020. However, almost seven years later, the progress seems to be insufficient to achieve the 2 Mt target in 2020. The main obstacle to the widespread uptake of biofuels in aviation is not due to technical constraints, since various technologies are ready for or close to commercial deployment, but rather the economic, policy and market-related issues.
Neste also joined the EU-funded Initiative Towards sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project in 2012, which was launched to support the development of aviation biofuels in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, as well as improving the readiness of existing technology and infrastructures. The collaborative project set up in the EU to achieve these goals was the first of its kind. Neste was part of an international consortium working to promote the project’s goals. In 2016, Oslo Airport Gardermoen became the world's first airport to offer renewable jet fuel refined by Neste during the four-year initiative.