Avinor's Oslo Gardermoen, Norway, is the first airport in the world to supply biofuels on a regular basis.
Through an agreement with Avinor, Statoil Aviation will deliver 2.5 million gallons of biofuels to tanks at Oslo Airport between March 2015 to March 2016. These 2.5 million gallons will be used to produce a 50% biofuel mix, which will fuel approximately 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen.
This mix will firstly be made from used cooking oil (UCO), but industry experts in Norway are considering producing forest-based biofuels on a large-scale in the coming years.
Lufthansa, SAS and KLM have all agreed to support the move by purchasing biojet fuel and taking part in the new initiative.
Sustainable bio jet fuel will be used, for the first time, in the hydrant system of the airport.
Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO, Avinor, believes there is no reason why this is not possible before 2020.
At present, there are two industrial Norwegian initiatives in place for biofuel production: Statkraft and Södra at Tofte in Hurum, and Viken Skog / Treklyngen at Follum in Hønefoss.
The biofuels industry hopes that Norway will create a sustainable future in the direction of the renewable zero discharge society, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
'We are proud to take on the task of bringing greener aviation one important step forward,' says Falk-Petersen on the signed agreement with Statoil Aviation.