BMI starts a few flights from Karlstad in Sweden using small amounts of biofuel from waste wood products
In Sweden, biofuels-powered flights have begun, operated by BMI between Karlstad and Frankfurt and by Nextjet between Karlstad and Stockholm. Karlstad Airport has just become the first airport in Europe to install a fixed storage tank facility for aviation biofuel. There are only tiny amounts of the biofuel available, and it costs 3 – 4 times as much as conventional jet fuel. British Midland Regional is keen to do more flights, using a proportion of biofuel. SkyNRG (Dutch) has teamed up with Statoil Fuel & Retail to establish a climate compensation fund. The fund will initially cover the difference between the cost of normal aviation fuel and biofuel. In the longer term the fund will also support research. “Businesses, the public sector and private individuals can make contributions.” [!?] The fuel would come from wood or wood waste products. The Karlstad region in Sweden has a large pulp and paper industry, with many companies collaborating to form the “Paper Province.”
First commercial biofuels flight from Sweden, as Karlstad Airport installs biofuels storage capacity, teams with SkyNRG, British Midland
In Sweden, biofuels-powered flights have begun from Sweden, operated by BMI between Karlstad and Frankfurt and by Nextjet between Karlstad and Stockholm.
Meanwhile, Karlstad Airport has become the first airport in Europe to install a fixed storage tank facility for aviation biofuel. The facility officially opened on Thursday 26 June and the first regular commercial flight in Sweden to be made using aviation biofuel will fly from Karlstad on the same day. From the start of 2015 all aircraft departing from Karlstad Airport can be filled with the eco-friendly fuel.
“BMI are very proud to be part of the first scheduled flight from Sweden flown on biofuel. Together with our partners at Karlstad Airport and Statoil, we intend to fly even more frequently on sustainable jet fuel. Indeed, we hope that this Karlstad biofuel programme will act as the blue print for new sustainable jet fuel routes across Europe’ said Ian Woodley, Board Director, British Midland Regional.
Climate compensation fund
Aviation biofuel is 3-4 times more expensive than normal aviation fuel and this extra cost is currently preventing airlines acting in a more eco-friendly way. To solve this problem, SkyNRG, a Dutch pioneer in aviation biofuel, has teamed up with Statoil Fuel & Retail to establish a climate compensation fund. The fund will initially cover the difference between the cost of normal aviation fuel and biofuel. In the longer term the fund will also support research. Businesses, the public sector and private individuals can make contributions. [!!??]
Region Värmland (organisation for regional development and growth) and Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) is also providing financial support for the strategic parts of the project.
“We are very pleased to be taking this initiative together with Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation. Karlstad has the potential to be a major producer and a pioneer in the use of sustainable fuel,” says Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of SkyNRG.
Supplies of aviation biofuel
The Karlstad region in Sweden is home to world-leading competence in pulp and paper technology. Over 100 companies in this sector collaborate in a cluster called the Paper Province.
“We have seen that there are opportunities to exploit the resources of the forest more effectively by better use of waste products, including the production of aviation biofuel, “ says Maria Hollander CEO of the Paper Province.
National and international focus on Karlstad
“IATA is excited by Karlstad Airport offering a regular biofuel supply to all departing aircraft. This is a big step forward – so far biofuel has only been supplied to specific flights from individual airlines. The area around Karlstad Airport has a high potential for sustainable biojet production from locally available feedstock such as forestry residues and waste streams, says Thomas Roetger, Assistant Director, Aviation Environment – Technology, International Air Transport Association.
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