State-owned Swedavia Airports is the newest member to strengthen the f3 Innovation cluster for sustainable biofuels. The increased representation of the aviation sector in f3 is important, according to cluster manager Ingrid Nohlgren at the host organization Chalmers Industriteknik.

– Talking about fossil-free transport, electrification is the buzzword above all. It can serve as a good solution for certain types of transports and transport distances, but it is not the best alternative for all. Air bound traffic is an example, says Ingrid Nohlgren.

As electricity may be an option for short-distance flights, liquid biofuels or hydrogen are better suited for long-distance flights. Here, the aviation sector has the potential to make a big difference in reducing climate impact, Ingrid Nohlgren continues to explain.

A simple step

– It is a natural step for Swedavia to join f3 as part of our transitional work, says Lena Wennberg, head of sustainable development at Swedavia. Through increased use of biofuel, we continue to strive for aviation to have the smallest possible environmental impact.

Lena Wennberg brings up Swedavia’s incentive program that encourages airlines to use sustainable fuels. Biojet contributes to a reduction in fossil CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent. Refueling with biofuel thus creates continued conditions for more sustainable aviation.

Broadens the perspective

– We are very happy for Swedavia to join the innovation cluster, says Ingrid Nohlgren. It helps to signal why many different solutions are needed to reach the goals of increased fossil independence that have been set for society and the transport sector.

According to her, there is also significance in the fact that Swedavia is responsible for parts of society’s transport infrastructure:

– Together with the Port of Gothenburg, Swedavia represents a group of stakeholders that have other perspectives than for example the vehicle manufacturers and fuel producers that are members in f3, she concludes.

Read more about how Swedavia works with the fossil-free transition here.