To maintain growth, while limiting the environmental impact, airlines are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Over 99% of airline emissions result from the combustion of fossil kerosene. 

Although new technologies, like hydrogen and electric powered aircrafts are emerging, it will take decades before there is a commercially deployable alternative to kerosene fuelled flying. Therefore, sustainable aviation fuel made from renewable feedstock is one of the most important short term options to significantly reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and at the same time also reduce the dependency on the petroleum industry. 

The benefits for airlines

Flying on SAF brings significant environmental and economic benefits to airlines:

1. CO2 reduction
SAF can achieve up to 85% CO2 emissions reduction compared to conventional jet fuel. The key difference lies in the source of the carbon. Fossil fuels release additional carbon that was previously stored in reservoirs. SAF recycles CO2 emissions that were emitted previously and subsequently absorbed from the atmosphere during biomass production.

2. Improved local air quality
In addition to the reduction of total life cycle CO2 emissions, SAF can also reduce direct emissions: particulate matter (PM) with up to 90% and sulfur (SOX) with 100%, compared to conventional jet fuel. Reducing these emissions both impact local air quality, in particular in areas with a high density of flight movements, such as airports.

3. Improved fuel efficiency
Studies have shown that sustainable aviation fuel has a higher energy density than conventional jet fuel. On top of that, SAF yields an improved fuel efficiency (1.5% – 3%), resulting in higher payload conditions or extended range.

4. CSR & Marketing
Engaging in SAF projects and programs helps to reach sustainability goals and creates positive exposure

Our services for airlines

SkyNRG offers airline solutions for SAF, ranging from SAF-powered flight programs at preferred airports to consulting tracks and co-funding programs. SkyNRG is the one-stop-shop for airlines:

1. We take care of all operational aspects
SkyNRG sources SAF and takes care of the entire downstream supply chain. We make sure that the SAF is blended and certified to conventional jet fuel specifications and delivered as a “drop-in fuel” to your aircraft in a safe and sound way. We always provide full traceability documentation so you can trace back your SAF to its origin. To ensure we can get your product to any location you like and to guarantee safety, quality, and optimized operations we have a partnership with Shell Aviation.

2. We guarantee sustainability

SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board. We always provide a sustainability report as part of the full traceability documentation for the SAF we supply.

3. We help to co-fund the premium
We help to make SAF affordable by effective co-funding combined with unique marketing. Examples are Board Now, KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, Fly Green Fund, government incentives, and airport support.

4. Supply chain development
We can work with you to develop a dedicated, commercial-scale regional SAF supply chain. See our page Direct Supply Lines (DSL) for more information.

If you want to find out how SAF can benefit your airline and how we can work together to make the aviation industry more sustainable, please contact Eline.

Eline Schapers

Head of Sales & Supply

Track Records Airlines