Posted on: 11 November 2014 by Mark Howells
Norwegian has carried out its first ever flight with biofuel, with the service from Bergen to Oslo taking off with almost 50% biofuel, resulting in a flight that released more than 40% fewer carbon-based emissions than an average flight with regular fuel.
Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft (left in picture), was among the passengers on board this milestone flight alonside Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
The aircraft was filled with sustainable biofuel and emitted a total of 3,178 kg – or 40 grams per passenger kilometre. Older aircraft with traditional fuels emit 5,786 kg, which is 74 grams per passenger kilometre on the same sector.
“At Norwegian, we are keen to make aviation more environmentally friendly,” explained Kjos. “We have a clear goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per passenger in the period 2008 to 2015. The most significant improvement is our new aircraft, and Norwegian's fleet is among the newest and most environmentally friendly in Europe. But this is not enough. Sustainable biofuel is also an important measure. This biofuel flight from Bergen to Oslo is an important milestone in the industry's shared commitment to make sustainable biofuel more easily available for airlines.”
Through the development of new technologies and frameworks, Norwegian wants to help make aviation carbon neutral by 2050.