May 21, 2019
The daily brief: 21 May 2019
Sámi band Solju consisting of Ulla Pirttijärvi and daughter Hildá Länsman was awarded at the Indigenous Music Awards for debut album Ođđa Áigodat.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Neste, Pöyry, Finnair and Sámi music group Solju make headlines.
Solju has been awarded at the Indigenous Music Awards, Neste supports a sustainable jet fuel initiative at Caen Airport, Pöyry wins a solar power contract in Kazakhstan, and Finnair launches collaboration in China.
Solju’s first album, Ođđa Áigodat (New Times), was selected as the Best International Indigenous Release 2019 at the Indigenous Music Awards. Solju are the first Sámi artists to be nominated for the awards handed out during the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The debut album combines Sámi language and traditional chanting with modern musical influences. The group is joined for live performances by Teho Majamäki (left) and Janne Puurtinen (right) of the Finnish rock band HIM.
Leading renewable fuels producer Neste and its supply partner Air BP have announced their support for the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative. As Europe’s aviation community gathers at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva on 21–23 May, it will have an option to refuel with Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel at Caen Airport in France. Neste’s renewable jet fuel produces up to 80 per cent less emissions over its lifecycle compared with conventional aviation fuel.
Pöyry has been selected as the lender’s technical advisor for the 30MWp Zhangiz Solar PV plant in East Kazakhstan by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Pöyry will complete a technical due diligence assessment, follow-up construction work and monitor operational activities at the power plant. EBRD is supporting Kazakhstan’s shift towards a more sustainable energy mix by financing the development, construction and operation of the plant.
Finnish airline Finnair has entered into a new codeshare agreement with China Southern, which will offer five new Chinese destinations to its customers. The partnership will start on 1 June 2019 and cover the Finnish airline’s route between Guangzhou, China, and Helsinki, Finland, as well as five China Southern destinations in China. China Southern’s customers will also be able to take advantage of Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to eight European destinations.