02.09.2014

Finland explores possibilities of biofuels in aviation

Time is right to find solutions that help airlines to continue reducing emissions, according to Finavia.

Finland is looking into the possibilities of using biofuels at Helsinki-Vantaa airport through a joint project involving Gaia Consulting, Neste Oil, Finnair, Finavia, Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and Service Design Agency Diagonal. The objective of the cooperation is to find product concepts that address profitable aviation, environmental concerns and customer needs.

“Our goal is to explore the possibilities of biofuels as widely as possible to find a solution for profitable business. The time is right, because the International Air Transport Association IATA has set a target, according to which 10 percent of aviation fuels should be biofuels in 2017, and after 2020, aviation should grow without increasing its carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, Finland has committed to promote clean technology and bioeconomy,” says Leading Consultant Päivi Luoma from Gaia.

Profitable use of biofuels

The results of the project will be ready in September, determining whether Helsinki-Vantaa airport will start testing biofuel distribution to airlines. The main barrier to the use of biofuels so far has been their higher price compared to other fuels.

Helsinki-Vantaa airport is being developed with the goal of serving 20 million passengers in the beginning of the next decade, according to sustainable development director Mikko Viinikainen from Finavia. “The airport will be environmentally efficient as there is no overcrowding in the airspace and airlines can land using the Continuous Descent Approach, which will allow them to reduce their emissions. Now is the right time to cooperate and find solutions that help airlines to continue reducing emissions with the profitable use of biofuels,” says Viinikainen.

Source: Gaia Consulting