Södra signed a letter of intent with KLM to conduct a joint feasibility study to examine the possibility of producing green jet fuel. In parallel, Södra will become the first company in Sweden to join KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, with the aim of supporting growth in demand for fossil-fuel-free alternatives in the aviation sector.
According to the announcement, the collaboration contains a feasibility study to examine the prerequisites for producing biojet fuel from forest biomass. While Södra and KLM are the main partners in the collaboration, many other players are also participating.
Maria Baldin, Director of Communications and Sustainability at Södra, commented: "Air travel accounts for some 2% of global CO₂ emissions. We are now taking two key steps forward to create sustainable alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel. The current supply of biofuel is too low and this is something we want to change."
Helping to reduce CO₂ emissions is in line with our sustainability targets. Our goal is to be fossil-fuel free by 2030. We will now shoulder an even greater responsibility for our air travel.”
Earlier, Södra increased share of renewable fuels for powering its processes to 99.3%.
The company is the economic association that unites more than 50,000 forest owners in southern Sweden. Södra’s three business areas are production of sawn and planed timber goods, interior products, paper pulp and biofuel.
In recent years Södra has also become such a large producer of electricity. It employs 3,500 people in areas that range from forestry management and environmental conservation to accounting, sales and product development.