Finland to join other Nordic countries in reducing emissions in aviation

Finland’s incoming government has today introduced a government programme establishing ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035.
Finland to join other Nordic countries in reducing emissions in aviation
Courtesy of Neste

The Norwegian government’s target is to increase the share of renewable fuels in aviation to 30 percent by 2030. As a first step, a law was passed this spring  obligating aviation fuel suppliers to blend at least 0.5 percent of biofuel into their products starting from 2020.

A similar report was published in Sweden in early March this year which aims to set a target in the Swedish governments agreement to increase the share of biofuels in aviation. This report also proposes an obligation for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction level would be 0.8 percent in 2021, and gradually increase to 27 percent in 2030.

“This is a significant goal, enabling Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation” said Ilkka Räsänen, Director, Public Affairs at Neste.  “Air traffic is predicted to double during the next 15 years. The aviation industry has committed to carbon neutral growth starting from 2020 all while reducing net carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050. Currently, renewable jet fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering aircrafts. From Finland’s point of view it is great that our neighbouring countries have already considered concrete ways to reduce emissions in aviation. It is important to start discussions as soon as possible about how the target can be achieved, concretely in order for all parties to have sufficient time to prepare for changes”.

Neste, which produces Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel, from waste and residues, and aims to grow its production capacity in the following years, welcomed the targets and is satisfied with the ambition level as well as the diversity of options for reducing emissions. The Finland target, which also includes various other means for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, is a 50 percent reduction in traffic emissions by 2030. Sustainably produced renewable fuels will play a vital role in achieving these targets.          

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