29-Sep-2010 10:36 AM

Avinor states aviation needs to bolster efforts to reduce emissions

Norway's Avinor Group Director for Strategy and Redevelopment, Jon Sjølander, stated (28-Sep-2010) the aviation industry must "bolster our environmental performance significantly in the next five to 10 years" to achieve a long-term target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Avinor, along with the industry in Norway, plans to present a revised sustainability report in 2011, where biofuel will receive the required attention. [more]

Avinor: “There is no doubt that the industry is taking its environmental responsibility seriously. No stone will be left unturned in the time ahead to find areas where emissions can be cut back, and a strong incentive is the fact that this is also financially beneficial. Emission cuts and cost cuts go hand in hand. This is a real advantage in terms of the work to be done ahead ... Second-generation bio fuel is very exciting, but for the time being this is just one of several measures to strengthen our environmental performance – not a magic spell that will resolve all the challenges we are facing. High transport costs indicate that each country must establish its own bio fuel production facility. We might envision that in the long term production of bio fuel may be established at Oslo Airport Gardermoen, which is currently Norway’s largest filling station. But aviation represents only two to three percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Norway and internationally. Given a shortage of bio fuel, is it conceivable that this could be used more efficiently in other areas? In the Klimakur 2020 report, which was presented this year on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment, this has been the focus of attention.” Jon Sjølander, Director for Strategy and Redevelopment. Source: Avinor, 28-Sep-2010.

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