Norway to implement biofuel mandate for aviation fuel in 2020

By Erin Voegele | October 11, 2018

Norway is taking action to require the use of renewable aviation fuel. On Oct. 4, the country’s Ministry of Climate and Environment announced it will require aviation fuel to contain at least 0.5 percent advanced biofuel starting in 2020.

According to information released by the ministry, the mandate will require those who sell aviation fuel in Norway ensure 0.5 percent of that fuel comes from advanced biofuels, defined as those made from waste and residues. Biofuels made from “problematic raw materials,” such as palm oil, will not qualify to meet the mandate.

Information released by the government indicates the mandate will be flexible in that it will be up to obligated parties to determine when and where they blend the required biofuel.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency estimates the mandate will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 14,000 metric tons during the first year.

Climate and Environmental Minister Ola Elvestuen said the government aims to require aviation fuel to contain 30 percent sustainable content by 2030. He also noted that the mandate aims to ensure a market for alternative aviation fuels in Norway. It is also expected to help facilitate the development of an alternative aviation fuel industry within the country.


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