16/11/2018 – News / Aviation / Renewables / Fuel / Finavia / Finland
Finavia adopts renewable diesel in journey towards zero-emissions airports
Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports in Finland. The switch to the renewable diesel, which is produced from waste and residues, is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by 2020.
“Helsinki Airport is already carbon dioxide neutral. Next ,we will aim to achieve the same in our airports in Lapland. Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as our vehicle fuel is a key part of our climate programme. It is excellently suited to our purposes, as it helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 per cent compared to the emissions from conventional fossil diesel,” says Mikko Viinikainen, Vice President of Sustainability and Environment at Finavia.
Substantial GHG emission reductions already achieved
At Helsinki Airport, Neste MY Renewable Diesel has actually already been in use for over a year – fuelling, for example, Apron buses. During this period, the product has helped Finavia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 610 metric tons. This reduction is equivalent to traveling 110 times around the Earth by a diesel car.
“Finavia’s efforts in this area are pioneering on an international scale, and Finavia has ambitious goals for reducing its emissions. We are delighted to be able to extend our co-operation with Finavia and help it achieve its goals,” enthused Sam Holmberg, Vice President of Neste Marketing and Services in Finland. “Diesel vehicles can switch to using Neste MY Renewable Diesel without having to make any changes to existing engines. Also, for years now, our refuelling trucks have used Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The product is an ideal choice for the Nordic climate, since it can withstand temperatures as low as -34°C,” he advised.
“At present Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available from a total of 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyväskylä and Seinäjoki – and we have plans to extend its availability to northern Finland in the near future,” Mr Holmberg revealed.