Neste Oil has joined the 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.
Among the current 29 members of aireg are oil companies, airlines, airplane and engine manufacturers, research institutions, and universities such as Total, Lufthansa, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Technical University Munich (TUM), and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Joining forces and working in tight collaboration with other companies, research institutions, and decision makers is the most natural way for us in Neste Oil to support and promote the adoption of biofuels in aviation. We are expecting aireg to offer a platform for various players to come together to share ideas and develop plans for the industry to take the necessary steps towards significantly reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.—Neste Oil Vice President Kaisa Hietala, responsible for market development
In summer 2011, Neste Oil produced its first batches of premium quality jet fuel from renewable raw materials. The company recently ended a 6-month test period with Lufthansa during which Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable aviation fuel was tested on more than 1,100 flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg, and on one intercontinental flight between Frankfurt and Washington DC. Testing during the trial found that the fuel performed excellently and resulted in 1% lower fuel consumption compared to regular fossil jet fuel.