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Recycled Cooking Oil to Power Finnair Flight to New York

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Finnair will today (23/9) operate a flight from Helsinki to New York using an Airbus A330 which is powered with sustainable biofuel.

Most of an airlines environmental impact arises from aircraft emissions during flight, and switching to a more sustainable fuel source can reduce net CO2 emissions by between 50 and 80%.

As air traffic contributes 2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, it is very important to have this trial with the use of biofuels, said Finlands Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. If the price of oil rises and biofuels become cheaper, there will hopefully be a day when well be able to replace at least some of the fossil fuels with fuels made of renewable and waste material. Im happy that Finnair is showing leadership in this development.

The biofuel mixture powering the flight to New York, provided by SkyNRG Nordic a joint venture between SkyNRG and Statoil Aviation is partly manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants, an example of a biofuel alternative to ordinary jet fuel that significantly reduces net greenhouse gas emissions while also being sustainable in its own right.

Aviation biofuel is a proven and exhaustively tested technology Finnair first flew with biofuel in 2011 but at more than twice the price of conventionally produced jet fuel, it is not yet economically viable for any airline to operate with exclusively.

This flight is a warm up for a large offensive from our side with our partners Statoil Aviation, Neste Oil and many others to accelerate the local supply and production of sustainable and affordable jet fuel for the Nordic countries, said SkyNRG CEO, Dirk Kronemeijer. With common effort including crucial support from governments and united purpose, we can realize a sustainable and long term future for aviation.

Along with its partners Finnair is also currently investigating the possibility of establishing a biofuel hub at Helsinki Airport.

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