How has COVID impacted your efforts?
While COVID-19 has had a short-term impact on aviation growth in our current world, going forward, aviation will recover from this pandemic and is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. We need a multi-stakeholder approach to build the SAF market. Airlines, airports, and governments have been actively involved to date, but we need (corporate) travelers to step in.
How much does Aviation contribute to global carbon emissions?
Aviation currently accounts for more than 3% of manmade global carbon emissions today but it is expected to increase significantly over the next few decades.
What is sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)?
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a low carbon substitute for fossil-based jet fuel. SAF can be produced using a variety of renewable resources such as municipal solid waste (MSW), sustainable biomass, waste oils and fats, or other waste-based sources rather than being refined from petroleum or other hydrocarbon-based fuels
Fully certified (ASTM D1655) SAF is blended with fossil jet fuel in existing airport infrastructure prior to being loaded onto the aircraft. Once blended, it meets – and often exceeds – the critical characteristics of fossil jet specifications, while significantly reducing carbon emissions.
No special requirements. SAF is a “drop-in fuel” which means that it is molecularly equivalent to fossil jet fuel. Our SAF can be blended with fossil jet fuel up to 50%. Once the fuel is blended it requires no special infrastructure or equipment changes in the aircraft.
What about electric and hydro-powered aircraft?
New technologies such as electric and hydro-powered aircraft are under development which is great, however, it will be decades before there is a commercially deployable alternative to kerosene (or liquid)-fueled aircraft for long-range flights.
Is SAF more expensive than fossil kerosene?
Yes neat SAF is more expensive. SAF availability is still scarce. Price depends on various elements, for instance the conversion technology used, type of feedback, logistics, etc.
What is the Board Now program?
BOARD NOW (by SkyNRG) is a practical solution for organizations to decarbonize their business air travel. It brings together a coalition of leading companies that aim to accelerate the transition to sustainable aviation. Members of the program turn business commitments into real action. They choose to fly on SAF, reduce emissions from business air travel or air cargo, and support the development of an in-sector solution for future friendly flying.
Corporates have a crucial role to play in decarbonizing aviation, now more than ever. COVID-19 has put unprecedented pressure on essential sustainability initiatives. In an industry where decarbonization is most challenging and collective action most critical, Board Now provides an opportunity to fulfill your organization’s ambitions to be more responsible whilst supporting a continued transition to a sustainable future.
OUR ASK is a commitment to fly on SAF.
How does that work?
- Based on your carbon targets, you determine the volume you commit to.
- Together, we demonstrate & secure demand for new production facilities.
- Once operational, we deliver to a nearby airport & you absorb the premium.
- Annually, you receive a Sustainability Report with a verified reduction claim.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU. First and foremost, through verified in-sector carbon reductions you benefit from a shared, scaled, and impactful solution in delivering on your climate ambitions. With that you will have a strong tool to engage your employees, shareholders, and customers in corporate responsibility. Together with fellow coalition members, you will path the way and become the face of a transition that ensures a sustainable future for air travel.
What is the difference between incineration and gasification?
Gasification is a highly controlled process in which waste materials are heated up and turned into “syngas” which is a carbon-rich gas stream used to create new molecules for fuels and chemicals. The production of syngas inherently focuses on maximizing the recovery and clean up of these gases due to the value of syngas. This is in comparison to incineration which leads to the waste stream being used for its heating value to make steam and therewith electricity.
Do you make other types of fuel?
SkyNRG Americas main market is aviation and therefore we focus on SAF production, but by-products will include renewable diesel, biobased ethylene, and biobased ethanol. These by-products will be marketed through project partners.
What about power from liquids?
Power to Liquids (PTL) is a newly emerging idea that has potential applications for consideration in aviation in the long term, however much more analysis is required by the scientific community to better understand the value of electrons in aviation. Based on current forms of PTL process technology that exists today, the world would require four to eight times more electrical production capacity to supply global aviation fuel demand with SAF sourced from PTL technologies. We believe PTL technology will certainly improve with time, additional R&D, and improved technological developments, but it is unlikely to have a material impact prior to 2050.