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.
Track Records Airlines
2019, January 17th – World Energy, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels supply SAF for Bombardier Business Aircraft
World Energy, SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Bombardier Business Aircraft. As a part of the OEM’s environmental leadership and commitment to industry objectives to reducing emissions, the SAF was used for a flight on a Challenger 350* jet flying from Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut […]
2019, January 16th – Royal Netherlands Air Force operates her F-16 Fighting Falcons on SAF
Royal Netherlands Air Force operates her F-16 Fighting Falcons per January on sustainable aviation fuel, supplied by SkyNRG, Shell Aviation and World Energy Starting per January 14th, the Royal Netherlands Air Force operates her flights from Leeuwarden Airbase on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The SAF is supplied by SkyNRG and Shell Aviation and produced in […]
2017, May 3rd – SkyNRG, CAO and EPIC Fuels supply Singapore Airlines to operate its first sustainable biofuel flight
On Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) 70th anniversary, the carrier operated its first flight on sustainable biofuel. The morning flight departed from San Francisco Airport on May 1st and arrived in Singapore the next day. SIA partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to enable this initiative of 12 biofuel flights with an Airbus A350-900, […]
2017, April 21th – Air Canada To Operate Biofuel Flights
Air Canada announced today its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project (CAAFCER), a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to test the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails. This project will use advanced sensing equipment mounted on a research aircraft operated by the […]
2016, September 8th – SkyNRG, KLM and World Energy (AltAir) sign a three-year offtake agreement
For the coming years, KLM purchases sustainable jet fuel for all flights departing from Los Angeles, making it part of their day to day business. The fuel, produced by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG, is made from used cooking oil and delivered via the airport’s hydrant system. This is part of a new era […]
2016, July 15th – SkyNRG supplies South African Airways to operate Africa’s first sustainable biofuel flight
On the occasion of Boeing’s 100th anniversary, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango today celebrated Africa’s first sustainable biofuel flight. The SAA and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used sustainable biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by […]
2018, July – Royal Netherlands Air Force first to operate F-16 Fighting Falcon on sustainable aviation fuel, supplied by SkyNRG
For the coming two weeks, one F-16 Fighting Falcon of the Royal Netherlands Air Force will operate from Leeuwarden Air Base on a 5% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), supplied by SkyNRG. This is part of an initiative of the province of Friesland, where the entire community will travel fossil free for the duration […]
2015, July 28th – SkyNRG and partners take the development of sustainable jet fuel in Sweden to the next level
First of all the Fly Green Fund was announced during Almedalen, the annual political week in Sweden. Founders are Karlstad Airport, SkyNRG and the Nordic Initiative on Sustainable Aviation (NISA) and launching partners are Swedavia, SAS, Braathens, KLM and EFS European Flight Service (a leading Scandinavian business aviation company). The Fund is the first of […]
2014, November 11 – SkyNRG supplies to SAS and Norwegian
SAS and Norwegian operate their first commercial flights on SkyNRG Nordic’s bio jet fuel. Today, SAS flies on bio jet fuel from Trondheim to Oslo and Norwegian from Bergen to Oslo. The bio-flights in Norway are done in close cooperation with ZERO and Avinor and are on the occasion of the annual ZERO Emissions Conference.
2014, May 16th – SkyNRG supplies KLM for a series of transatlantic flights to Aruba and Bonaire
SkyNRG, the global market maker for sustainable fuels, will supply sustainable jet fuel to a new series of KLM flights to the Caribbean islands Aruba and Bonaire. The program is scheduled over six months and operated by an Airbus 330-200. The first flight will be operated today and is part of Europe’s major biojet fuel […]
2011, June 29th – First commercial flight KLM on sustainable jet fuel in the world
KLM has completed its first commercial biofuel flight using a Boeing 737-800 operating with a 50/50 % blend of sustainable bio jet fuel and fossil jet fuel. The flight (KL1233) operated at June 29th, between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport carrying 171 passengers.