Promoting the use of renewable aviation fuel
Renewable aviation fuel is a new product and was only approved for commercial use in 2011 under the ASTM D7566 fuel standard. Adopting biofuels could significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming released by aircraft. As liquid fuels remain the only alternative for aviation, developing and commercializing fuels capable of replacing fossil jet fuel is particularly important.
Neste Oil joined a Dutch initiative in 2013 aimed at promoting the adoption of sustainably produced biofuels in airline use, and including KLM, SkyNRG, Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, the Dutch State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs. Neste Oil's role in the initiative is to explore the production opportunities for aviation biofuel and scaling up production. Its renewable fuel refinery in Rotterdam has the potential to be the first site for producing a continuous supply of renewable aviation fuel in the Netherlands.
Neste Oil is also involved in the ITAKA project, an EU-sponsored collaborative intiative aimed at producing and testing aviation fuel based on European renewable inputs.
Neste Oil is a global pioneer in aviation biofuel and has already carried out trials on the use of NExBTL renewable aviation fuel in commercial service. The hope is that the new initiative in the Netherlands will stimulate market demand for sustainable aviation biofuel and promote a shift from individual projects to the continuous production and supply of this fuel.
Neste Oil's renewable aviation fuel is based on its NExBTL technology, which can make very flexible use of a wide range of vegetable oil and waste-based raw materials. Neste Oil ensures the sustainability of all the renewable feedstocks it uses, and its supply chain complies with a number of sustainability certification schemes.
NExBTL renewable aviation fuel meets the very stringent quality standards demanded of aircraft fuel and can significantly reduce an aircraft's greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel.