Scandinavian Airlines is now allowing passengers to buy biofuel in 20-minute chunks to help reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%. This new service is non-profit and aims to create a competitive, large-scale market for biofuel in aviation. Karl Sandlund, Executive Vice President Commercial, SAS, said this about the new program:
“We are continuously developing more sustainable products and services, including the option to buy biofuel. We are now inviting our travelers to be part of the transition to a more sustainable way of traveling.”
About SAS and Biofuel
Reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to standard jet fuel, using biofuel will be key to SAS achieving its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030. SAS is lobbying for large-scale production of advanced biofuel in Scandinavia. They say that the volumes being produced are currently insufficient, and the price is three times higher than standard jet fuel.
According to SAS, the airline ‘only uses biofuel made from sources not affecting the availability of crops used in food production, access to potable water, biodiversity, and that use as small an area of land as possible.’ They also state that legislation allows for up to 50% biofuel per flight, and all SAS aircraft are certified to be able to mix 50/50 fossil jet fuel and biofuel. According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), there are only five airports today that have regular biofuel distribution. Three of those (Bergen, Oslo, and Stockholm) are Scandinavian Airlines hubs.
How The New Service Works
Passengers can buy biofuel corresponding to 20-minute blocks of flight time for one passenger. Currently (September 2019), prices are set at 10 USD / 10 EUR per 20-minute block of biofuel. As an example, a flight from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Los Angeles International (LAX) takes 11 hours 20 minutes. To buy enough biofuel to cover this flight, you would need to buy 34 blocks of biofuel. That’s 340 USD / 340 EUR. So it’s certainly not cheap, but it is an interesting way to try and publicize the use of biofuel in aviation.
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