Expert opinion on… CORSIA

The potential impact on the SAF market

Recently new decisions were made in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Karlijn Arts, who started at SkyNRG as Policy & Sustainability Manager last May, shares her opinion on the potential impact of the recent decisions made under CORSIA on the SAF market. Karlijn is actively involved in the developments within the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and is the intermediate for the company’s independent Sustainability Board.

What is the impact of the recent […]

August 8, 2018|

Expert opinion on… 1% SAF mandate Norway

The challenges and feasibility of the intended mandate

As you may have heard, the Norwegian government will discuss a mandate of 1% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for all international and domestic flights from January 1, 2019. A proposal was drafted and is open for submission of thoughts and views up until August 10th. Therefore, the mandate is not yet set in stone, as the final text still has to be reviewed and adopted by the Norwegian Parliament. The public hearing documents can be found here (only available in Norwegian).
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August 8, 2018|

Expert opinion on… RED II

A short summary on the status of the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), and its potential impacts on the aviation sector

The RED establishes an overall policy for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU. It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020 – to be achieved through the attainment of national targets. All EU countries must also ensure that at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. However, the aviation […]

June 22, 2018|
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Sustainable jet fuels are produced from sustainable feedstocks like waste streams and non-food energy crops.

These fuels offer the single largest opportunity to reduce emissions, while ensuring long term fuel security for the aviation sector.

Sustainable jet fuel blends can be referred to as ‘drop-in’ fuels, because they have the ability to be used without any changes made to the infrastructure, such as distribution and engine fuel systems.
What are Sustainable Jet Fuels?
The aviation industry is the world’s fasted growing transport sector and responsible for approximately 2,5 % of the global manmade CO2 emissions. Even with efficiency measures taken, this figure is expected to rise to 4 – 4.5 per cent by 2050, without any mitigation.

One of the biggest challenges in reducing this impact is to look for solutions that preserve the sectors social benefits, while maintaining its growth.

99% of an airline’s emissions comes from the combustion of jet fuel. Energy sources like solar, electric and hydrogen do not offer an alternative as aviation will be relying on high density liquid energy carriers for the coming decades. Therefore, sustainable jet fuels are viewed as the best opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Sustainable jet fuel, you can read SkyNRG’s White Paper on Sustainable Jet Fuel.
Rationale for Sustainable Jet fuel
In every decision that we make, we follow the vision on sustainable fuels, set by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Energy Vision 2050.:

Sustainable biofuels:
• Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
• Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
• Do not displace or compete with food crops
• Provide a positive socioeconomic impact.

To ensure the sustainability of our fuels, we have established various measures and important partnerships:

SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht that advises us on all feedstock and technology decisions.

SkyNRG is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials.

We are in continuous dialogue with local and global NGOs to make sure we do not miss important issues in respect to the feedstock we w(want to) use and fuel we make

To learn more about SkyNRG’s approach to sustainability, visit our sustainability page.
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