Research & Development

Expert opinion on… CAAFCER study

CAAFCER study confirms reduced contrail formation when flying on SAF

Renco BeunisLast year SkyNRG supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research (CAAFCER) study in Canada. The report was published early 2018 and Renco Beunis, Operations Manager at SkyNRG who worked on this project, shares his insights about the study.

What is CAAFCER and what was SkyNRG’s role in this project?
CAAFCER is a Canadian project initiated by the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), that studies contrail formation from commercial flights. The study compared contrail […]

June 22, 2018|

Expert opinion on… Green Horizons

PhD on the production costs, climate impact and future supply of SAF

Sierk de JongSierk de Jong (26) is a former SkyNRG employee, he started at the company as an intern in 2013 and later became part of the business development team. While part-time working for SkyNRG, Sierk finalized his PhD study “Green Horizons” at Utrecht University. His PhD defense was on Friday, June 15th, and SkyNRG was there to celebrate and ask him some questions.

What is the topic of your thesis? And what are the most important conclusions?
My thesis focused on […]

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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