Air BP, the international aviation fuel products, and service supplier is offering biojet to customers at Bergen airport in Norway. The first batch was delivered to the airport on 16 August.
This follows Air BP’s introduction of biojet at Halmstad airport in Sweden in June 2017 and at Oslo airport in Norway in January 2016. As with Oslo, Air BP has worked with Norwegian airport operator Avinor to make this latest development possible.
Air BP has also supplied airlines on an ad-hoc basis at airports including Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm Bromma, Karlstad and Göteborg Landvetter.
Commenting on the announcement, Thorbjorn Larsson, general manager Air BP Nordics, said: “We are excited to help make the supply of biojet commercially available and accessible to our customers in Bergen, our third airport in Scandinavia. The aviation industry has ambitious targets to reduce its carbon emissions and we are proud to be working together with our customers to increase the use of biojet.”
Aslak Sverdrup, Bergen airport director, commented: “With the aviation industry’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, we are very pleased to collaborate with Air BP on the introduction of biojet at Bergen. As with Oslo, we hope to inspire other airports to follow suit so we can all work towards the desired lower carbon future.”
Air BP continues to support its customers in the use and adoption of biofuels and in achieving their carbon reduction goals. Air BP was the first aviation fuel supplier to be independently certified carbon neutral for into-plane fueling operations at 250 Air BP locations in October 2016. Air BP announced an investment of $30 million in biojet producer Fulcrum BioEnergy in November 2016 with the aim of distributing and supplying biojet into aircraft at key hubs across North America to meet growing demand.
Why the Scandinavian focus? Here is a clue. Norway particularly is trying to ensure more of its aviation fuel is from bio sources. As the linked story mentions the economics of bio sources are tough. It does not help that fossil fuel is getting cheaper either. While the goal of moving to a cleaner environment may be laudable, the reality of airline economics is that operators are going to go for the lowest cost inputs. Will public policy move to protect biofuels?