Geneva International Airport and Finnish waste-based biofuels producer Neste have entered into a collaboration agreement to begin the decarbonisation of air traffic at the airport.

The airport was planning to introduce renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations with a target of a minimum of 1% of its annual jet fuel consumption to be composed of renewable fuel by late 2018, Neste said in a 13 September statement.

André Schneider, CEO of Geneva Airport, said airports had a crucial role in taking initiatives to reduce environmental impact in the face of the growing aviation industry.

According to Neste, aviation was the fastest growing means of transport and thus its emissions were expected to grow substantially in the near future.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target for the growth in aviation to be carbon neutral from 2020 onwards.

Currently, the only viable alternative for fossil aircraft fuel was sustainably-produced renewable jet fuel, Neste said.

Neste had developed its own Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel over a period of several years and the fuel had been tested on flights with major airlines, such as Lufthansa.