A major opportunity to reduce global carbon emissions
We all enjoy the benefits of aviation, be it for travel or goods delivered to our door. But there is a downside: carbon emissions from aircraft. The environmental and health impacts of air travel and air cargo are significant, including increasing levels of greenhouse gases and particulate matter.
Aviation currently accounts for more than 3% of manmade global carbon emissions. Without timely action in switching to low-carbon fuels, aviation could consume up to 27% of the global carbon budget by 2050. *While COVID-19 has had a short-term impact on aviation growth, going forward, the sector is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.
The path to lasting change includes you
Doing nothing and maintaining the status quo of aviation’s emission footprint is no longer viable for the planet nor the aviation industry. While there are some exciting developments in electric aircraft, long haul travel will require high quality, low carbon liquid fuel supplies for many decades to come.
In recognition of our changing world, the industry’s response to its environmental impact is a significant opportunity for new solutions. The aviation industry is formally committed to reducing its net carbon emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2050. How can they do it? With help – ours and yours.
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.
SkyNRG’s production facilities will produce SAF according to comprehensive and rigorous sustainability standards. The impacts of renewable energy on social and environmental issues vary, depending on local conditions and the design and implementation of a project. That is why it’s imperative that we balance the needs of the environment, land and water use, and local communities to make sure SAF is done right. In recognition of this, we are committed to the gold standard of sustainability available for SAF such as the standards established by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). SkyNRG Americas is consistently advised by experts from its independent Sustainability Board and will have its operations and projects certified by RSB.
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.
1. Greenhouse gas reductions
We aim for a minimum reduction in CO2 emissions of 80% as compared to fossil jet fuel on a fully burdened life cycle basis. Such significant emission savings are made possible by the sources of carbon we plan to use in the production of our SAF. Our feedstock sourcing strategies are focused on recycling the available carbon from waste streams derived from society’s refuse, thereby converting these wastes into high-quality, low-carbon fuels. The technologies under consideration by the SkyNRG team have shown the ability to achieve greater than 80% reduction in greenhouse gases based on US and EU biofuel policy guidelines.
2. Particulate matter reduction and improved local air quality
In addition to the reduction of total life cycle CO2 emissions, our SAF can provide a material reduction of particulate matter (PM) and sulfur (SOX) compared to conventional jet fuel. Reducing these emissions dramatically improves local air quality in areas around airports with a high density of flight movements, often which are surrounded by low-income communities that already face many significant environmental challenges.
The biofuel industry has evolved over the last twenty years. With development and guidance from the environmental and scientific communities, and with industry leadership, we can produce SAF from society’s waste streams that have little to no value. This waste material is available in large volumes and suitable for creating low-carbon SAF. By using waste streams as our feedstock, it allows us the best path forward to reaching parity with the fossil industry as well as meeting all of the industry-leading criteria established by ICAO and the RSB.
4. Improved fuel efficiency
Detailed analysis during the ASTM approval process has shown that SAF has higher energy densities of up to 4% over conventional jet fuel. On top of that, SAF yields an improved fuel efficiency (1.5% – 3%), resulting in higher payload conditions or extended range. This is especially beneficial for long haul flights in the growing frequency of point-to-point travel.
5. Local economic development
Beyond the environmental benefits of better air quality in and around airports, a regional SAF supply chain creates economic development opportunities through green job creation with highly technical roles that offer family wages in rural locations and local, procurement of direct and indirect services required by SAF production facilities.
Supply chain and technologies
For more information on downstream operations, blending, integration of SAF in existing infrastructure and potential production technologies please visit skynrg.com.