1. Airport initiatives on SAF
During 2016 and 2017 Avinor’s Oslo and Bergen airports became the first in the world to offer SAF to all airlines on a commercial basis, and a total of 1.325 million litres of SAF was uplifted. The bio-based SAF consumption at Swedavia airports in 2016 was 450 tonnes, and currently new SAF initiatives are planned from 2018 onward. Other initiatives include the French ‘Green Deal’, and the ‘Fly Green Fund‘ that is offering travellers the opportunity to contribute to the extra-cost associated with using SAF. The Fly Green Fund has a supply contract with SkyNRG, which in turn sources SAF from AltAir in the USA.
2. IAG Sustainable Aviation Fuels - Turning waste into fuel
IAG is part of a project with UK renewable fuels specialist Velocys to produce aviation fuel from household waste which will then be supplied to British Airways. Production should start in 2022, making it one of the first plants in the world dedicated to producing bio-based aviation fuel on a commercial scale. Ultimately, IAG hopes biofuels could provide up to 25% of its fuel by 2050. The fuel emits 60% less greenhouse gases and 90% fewer particulates than fossil fuels, and the planned plant will produce around 30,000 tonnes a year – delivering CO2 savings of some 60,000 tonnes annually.
Recent changes to the UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which sets targets for sustainable fuel use in transport, means the new fuel will qualify for government incentives to help develop the technology. The incentives will make it more price competitive with conventional fuels, helping make the business case for its adoption. The government has shown further support for the project by awarding Velocys a grant on the grounds of sustainable fuel’s potential to help meet the UK’s low-carbon vision.
3. Delivery of new Airbus aircraft
Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of taking delivery of new aircraft using a blend of SAF. More than 25 aircraft have been delivered to date with 3 different airlines. Airbus, along with its partners are currently investigating how to scale-up sustainable fuel deployment across its sites and operations.