(PRESS RELEASE) ESPOO, 8-May-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel has won an award for its contribution in reducing black carbon emissions. The competition has five categories, and Neste won in the category for solutions reducing black carbon emissions. It was jointly organized by the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps.
The purpose of the competition was to find examples of effective ways to reduce black carbon emissions. It was part of a campaign aimed at speeding up emissions reduction, finding new solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing understanding of how black carbon accelerates climate change.
Lars Peter Lindfors, Neste’s Senior Vice President of Innovation commented: “We are very pleased with this recognition for Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel and its role in reducing black carbon emissions. Air traffic is a significant source of black carbon emissions, which is also the fastest growing mode of transportation worldwide. However, the amount of black carbon emissions from aviation fuel can be effectively reduced by using cleaner fuels such as Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel.”
Over the next 20 years, the amount of air traffic worldwide is predicted to double. The use of renewable fuels could significantly reduce particulate emissions from aircraft engines by as much as 70 percent, according to a research by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This prediction is comparable to the results that can be obtained with the use of renewable fuels in diesel engines.
Neste’s renewable jet fuel has good potential to bring a significant reduction in the amount of black carbon emissions from aviation given that it can be mixed with fossil fuel up to 50 percent.
The Arctic regions are warming more than twice as fast as the planet on average and approximately 20–25 percent of Arctic warming is caused by black carbon, which is made of very fine soot dust. These black carbon particulates heat up the atmosphere, and when they fall to earth on snow and ice they absorb sunlight, which accelerates the melting of ice and snow.
Black coal particulates are emitted through the use of wood, coal and other biomass as fuel in households, transportation, machinery, power plants, as well as through the burning of surplus oil and gas in oil fields.
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