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Nordic aviation sector joins forces to look into development of sustainable jet fuel

Key players in the Nordic aviation sector including airport operators in the region have joined forces with Airbus and Boeing to look into developing a sustainable jet fuel.

The Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation (NISA) is made up of airports, airlines and their industry federations, and aviation authorities.

Airport operators who are part of NISA include Copenhagen Airports, Swedavia, Avinor, Finavia and Isavia.

NISA says aviation ‘must become more sustainable and alternative fuel is one way to achieve this’.

Aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing are supporting the initiative along with IATA (International Air Transport Association).

The parties have come together to form an association to facilitate that the aviation industry gets its share of the limited biofuel resources for use by the aviation sector.

A NISA spokesman says: “Aviation is prepared to use new sustainable aviation fuels, yet commercial production of sustainable jet fuel is in its infancy. The internationally approved specifications mean that products are fully in line with the current jet fuel used today.

“The specifications also ensure that they can be used in existing engines on all current and future jet aircraft.

“The Nordic initiators will focus on bringing together stakeholders throughout the supply chain to find the best and most energy efficient solutions as well as at the same time put pressure on policy makers to ensure that aviation secures its share of sustainable fuels.”

At present aviation does not have an alternative to the present, fossil based liquid jet-fuel - at least not in the short or medium term.

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