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Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation (NISA)


Since the beginning of 2014, the members of NISA (Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation) have cooperated with the aim of facilitating and strengthening the conditions for a more sustainable aviation industry. This includes a strong focus on the development of commercial-scale, continuous access to sustainable aviation fuels.

As part of the objectives, NISA aims to be updated, to coordinate and to communicate about the sustainability aspects for different pathways in light of national legislations, EU Sustainability Criteria and international sustainability guidelines.
An essential task is also to coordinate with initiatives and activities set up by Nordic and national industry organizations, authorities, IATA, ATAG, UN bodies like ICAO, EU Flight Path initiatives, and other relevant activities.
Stakeholders Action Group

Value-chain step
Full value-chain

Type of pathway

Starting time and duration
2014 -

Airlines, Authorities, Airports, Manufacturers

Regional scope

Involved countries

The Nordic aviation stakeholders, including a number of airlines in the Nordic region as well as the largest airport owners in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have formed the Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation (NISA). Aviation industry organizations in those countries, the respective aviation authorities and IATA, Boeing and Airbus are also active participants in NISA.
These partners work to promote the framework and conditions needed to support the deployment of new sustainable propellants and also to contribute to innovative and new green jobs, attracting solid investments and contributing to the region’s position as a leader in global green development.
The intention is to work on the following specific activities at national, Nordic and international level:


  • Systematic overview of ongoing initiatives (feedstock, technologies, R&D, production etc.);
  • Overview of relevant actors: Key stakeholders in the Nordics, supplemented with global inputs;
  • Coordination and facilitation of initiatives and activities across countries, companies, researchers etc.;
  • Participation in relevant projects, applications, etc.;
  • Customer requirements for biofuels in the Nordics;
  • Logistics, transport and storage overview and recommendations;
  • Regional focus on innovation in sustainable aviation fuels;
  • Strategic input to decision makers at airports, industry and governments on alternative pathways that may be pursued to promote the development of sustainable aviation fuel;
  • Economics and pricing; and
  • Assessment on barriers to advancing sustainable fuels in the Nordics.

Accelerating commercial access to sustainable aviation fuel will lead to reduced emissions. This will benefit society as a whole to a great extent since the developments described also generates jobs and further development of advanced new technologies.


Airlines: SAS, Finnair, Norwegian, Misspelled WordIcelandair, Air Greenland, Atlantic Airways, Thomas Cook Group Airline

Organizations: BDL Danish Aviation, Swedish Air Transport Society, Swedish Aviation Industry, NHO Aviation Industries, IATA

Authorities: Transport Agencies from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland

Airports: DK/Copenhagen Airports, SV/Misspelled WordSwedavia, NO/Misspelled WordAvinor, Misspelled WordFinavia

Producers: Airbus, Boeing

Achievements to date

Over the years, NISA has launched and implemented a number of national and Nordic analyzes and published reports on possible solutions, barriers and assumptions which the industry is facing.  Every year NISA has held conferences or workshops with Nordic and international participants. NISA has, on the last occasion, seen increased activity regarding aviation issues, especially in Norway and Sweden where also the political agenda includes the airline industry's challenges. With regard to the most recent event, held in November 2018, interesting presentations are available at the following link:


NISA and its members participate in a number of projects involving the development of sustainable aviation fuels, electro fuels, electric aircraft, sustainable airports and other activities that focus on a future sustainable aviation industry. Participation in, or inputs to, political initiatives are also part of the activities of NISA and its members.


NISA is one of three founding members of the Fly Green Fund, established in Sweden. The fund's goal is to promote and participate in the development of sustainable aviation fuels by launching access for interested customers to fly on sustainable fuel.


Martin Misspelled WordPorsgaard has been head of NISA since its inception. Misspelled WordInger Misspelled WordSeeberg, Environment Director at CPH A/S is chairman of the NISA Board. NISA has a function board with frequent meetings, and also annual general meetings.

Contact information

Martin Porsgaard   Phone: +4552198910

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