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Norway introduces 0.5% biofuel mandate for aviation for 2020

The Norwegian government announced that it will introduce a 0.5% biofuel blending mandate for jet aviation. This marks the first time when biofuel has become an essential element in aviation fuel.

Leading bio-hydrocarbon fuel producer Neste said that there will be enough capacity on the market to supply the anticipated volumes of renewable jet fuel to Norway. Neste alone has capability of producing the amount Norway will need by 2020, and there will be scaled-up volumes in the following years.

I want to congratulate Norway—their announcement marks a groundbreaking milestone in sustainable aviation. We need 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.

—Kaisa Hietala, Neste’s Executive Vice President in Renewable Products business area

The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 percent reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050. Aviation needs multiple solutions for greenhouse gas emission reduction. Currently, sustainable aviation fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft.

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