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Finnair partners with Neste to increase use of sustainable aviation fuel

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Finland-based airline Finnair has partnered with renewable fuels producer Neste to increase it use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its operations.

The new partnership is expected to contribute to Finnair’s long-term target of becoming carbon neutral. SAF reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil fuels.

“We are excited about increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuel in our operations from our Helsinki hub,” said Finnair’s CEO, Topi Manner. “Sustainable aviation fuels are a key part of our long-term plan for carbon neutrality – by the end of 2025, we expect to spend some €10 million annually on sustainable aviation fuels. Developing a healthy SAF market requires commitment from forerunners, and we are happy to be leading the way with Neste.”

“Decreasing emissions from aviation calls for cooperation, as this challenge cannot be solved by anyone alone,” added Peter Vanacker, president and CEO of Neste. “We are very pleased to cooperate with Finnair, and support Finnair’s carbon neutrality target. Besides the fuel supply, this partnership offers us an opportunity for contributing to our own climate targets by decreasing CO2 emissions of our employees’ business travel with Finnair through the use of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel.”

The airline will encourage customers to support the use of SAF by offering ticket solutions that include a SAF option later in 2020. Finnair also intends to match contributions that customers make to SAF with its own purchases and will use the cleaner burning fuel to decrease the CO2 footprint of its own staff travel.

In collaboration with Finnish airport operator Finavia, Finnair and Neste are working to define ways for corporate customers to be able to reduce the CO2 footprint of their travel by using SAF.

“Achieving concrete CO2 reductions is key to solving the CO2 challenge of aviation, and to ensure a sustainable future where the benefits of aviation can continue, while its climate impacts are dramatically reduced,” continued Manner.

Vanacker concluded: “Currently, sustainable aviation fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft. Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel is fully compatible with the existing jet engine technology and fuel distribution infrastructure when blended with fossil jet fuel.”