The Norwegian government has announced that airlines operating in Norway must blend 0.5% advanced biofuel with aviation fuel from 2020.

“The government’s goal is that by 2030, 30% of the airline fuel will be sustainable with a good climate effect,” the Ministry of Climate and Environment said on 4 October. “This corresponds to around 6M litres of what is also known as second-generation biofuels, a product of waste and leftovers, and cannot be based on palm oil,” Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen told Reuters.

Elvestuen said Norway’s move to legislate biofuels use in aviation could be the first in the world.

“As far as we are aware, no other country has proposed legislation similar to the Norwegian plans.”

Elvestuen said the quota could correspond to a price increase for airlines of around 54 million Norwegian crowns (US$6.6M) annually.”

Finnish biofuels producer Neste said there would be enough capacity to supply the renewable jet fuel volumes needed to Norway.

The company is the world’s largest producer of hydrotreated vegetable oil and says that 80% of its feedstock is waste and residues materials such as used cooking oil.

The aviation industry has committed to a goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020 with a goal of reducing CO2 emissions from aviation by 50%, relative to 2005 levels, with sustainable jet fuels being a key component in reaching these goals (see ‘Flight path to alternative fuel’, OFI September/October 2018).