Project aims to eliminate fossil fuels from Swedish flights

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A new project aims to rid Sweden’s domestic flights of fossil fuels by 2030, and international flights from Sweden by 2045. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
A new project got off the ground on Monday, one that aims to get the aviation industry flying on fossil-free fuels in just 11 years.

To make domestic flights fossil-free by 2030, and for international flights from Sweden to be fossil-free by 2045, the government has earmarked SEK 100 million for the research and development of sustainable aviation fuels from forestry products.

The work bring togethers the state-funded Research Institute of Sweden, commercial airline Scandinavian Airlines and national airport operator Swedavia.

Those involved say Sweden could become a world-leader in the field, exporting technical expertise abroad.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland: Rise in overseas flights harms climate more than driving, report shows, Yle News

Iceland: Arctic tourism in the age of Instagram, Eye on the Arctic special report

Norway: Electric planes could arrive sooner than we think in Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic flights save time, but fuel climate change, Cryopolitics Blog

Sweden: Growing number of Swedes choose train travel over flying to reduce pollution, Radio Sweden

United States: Blog – When the ice melts, what will happen to Arctic tourism?, Cryopolitics blog

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Liv Lewitschnik, Radio Sweden

Liv Lewitschnik, Radio Sweden

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