Neste Oil joins EU-backed renewable aviation fuel initiative
Finland-based Neste Oil has joined the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project to promote greater use of renewable fuels in the aviation sector.
The company will contribute its renewable fuel generation expertise to the consortium and employ the sustainably produced Spanish camelina oil and cooking oil to produce 4,000t of NExBTL aviation fuel.
Comprising of Airbus, BIOTEHGEN, Camelina Company Espanã, CLH, EADS IW, Embraer, EPFL, MMU, SENASA, RE-CORD, and SkyNRG the consortium will have the fuel cetified according to the European Commission-approved RSB EU RED system.
Airlines will blend the fuel with conventional fossil aviation fuels in accordance with the appropriate ASTM standard to create a 50/50 blend.
The fuel has been tested by German-aline Lufthansa, that few a total of 1,187 flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg using NExBTL renewable aviation fuel.
Expected to reduce carbon emissions of 1500t CO2 and fuel savings of 1%, the renewable aviation alternative is expected to be employed by several European carrier on their commercial flights in the near future.
The ITAKA is supported by a €10m grand from the European Union to support the commercialization and consumption of renewable aviation fuel in Europe, under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development.