|2 March 2017|

Sweden

A Swedish airline partially powered by fossil-free cooking oil flew from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå last month.

Aircraft manufacturer ATR’s 72-600 plane, flown by the Swedish carrier BRA, was 45% fuelled by biofuel on the short flight.

ATR says it is committed to advancing the use of alternative fuels and invests in ‘virtuous technologies’ to help progress European ambitions for a sustainable future.

Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said: “Today’s challenge is to get a large-scale production of biofuels at affordable costs while avoiding a negative impact on the environment. Swedish airlines like BRA can take advantage of the massive expansion of its forests, along with the operation of fuel-efficient turboprops, to reach the ambitious goal of halving their CO2 emissions by 2025.”

Sweden is driving forward with plans to produce biofuels from various types of wood. The country certainly has a natural advantage as more than half the country is covered by forest.

Christian Clemens, Chief Executive Officer of BRA, added: “The ATR 72-600, especially if powered by biofuel, is the optimal transportation on many of our routes and features the highest standards of environmental care.”