Airline and airport customers in Sweden are all set to take delivery of sustainable aviation fuel in 2019 thanks to an agreement between Neste and Air BP.

The world’s leading renewable products producer from wastes and residues, Neste entered into an agreement with Air BP in 2018 to explore and develop supply chain solutions for delivering sustainable aviation fuel to airports and airlines.

The next step in the collaboration will see the two companies develop a viable supply-chain solution for sustainable aviation fuel to the Swedish market by combining Neste’s expertise in the production and blending of sustainable low-carbon aviation fuel with Air BP’s recognised excellence in safe, efficient and effective aviation fuel distribution solutions.

Peter Vanacker, Neste’s president and CEO commented on how the collaboration has enabled Neste to take its first concrete step into the aviation sector as one of its strategic growth areas.

Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonising aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden,” he said. “Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboratio gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonise aviation in other markets.

Air BP has supplied aviation fuel in the Nordics since 2014 at around 10 airports, including most recently at Kalmar Airport in Sweden. Commenting on this latest development, Jon Platt, Air BP CEO, stated: “I am pleased that through our collaboration with Neste we will be able to offer our Swedish customers sustainable aviation fuel at a number of airports across the country in 2019. We are committed to supporting our customers, through initiatives such as this, as they work towards reducing their emissions and realising their low carbon ambitions.”

Sustainable aviation fuel is currently the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft. The fuel which Neste produces has proven its technical capability in thousands of commercial flights. It is produced from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials, and can reduce up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions over its life-cycle compared to conventional jet fuel.

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