Coalition showcases viability of sustainable jet fuels
Published: 20 May 2019 - Carly Wills
A global coalition of business aviation organisations behind the sustainable alternative jet fuel initiative has joined forces to take the next step in its journey to a lower carbon future.
Since the launch of the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) initiative and Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Fuel in 2018, the SAJF story and the Business Aviation Commitment to Climate Change have gained global momentum.
Participating in the EU Sustainable Energy Week last week, under the theme ‘Shaping the EU’s Energy Future’, global business aviation and community leaders discussed the path forward for the continued adoption of SAJF in Europe, during a day-long, multifaceted event.
Aircraft from major manufacturers, such as Bombardier, Gulfstream, Cirrus, Embraer, Piaggio, Dassault and Textron Aviation, fuelled up on SAJF at airports across Europe and the United States for demonstration flights showcasing the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuel.
SAJF was made available at these airports specifically for aircraft manufacturers and operators to collectively fly-in to Europe’s annual meeting place for the business aviation community, EBACE in Geneva.
CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport, Brandon O’Reilly stated in his opening address: “As the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve certified carbon neutrality, we are proud to be hosting and participating in today’s event and welcome this initiative to provide Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels. Along with our customers, we are eager to see the efficient and cost-effective availability of this fuel.”
The coalition said that event clearly demonstrated three key points:
SAJF is safe and does not impact aircraft performance
SAJF offers great impact and benefits to the airport and the community, including reduced particulate matter
SAJF reflects the commitment by business aviation to aircraft carbon reduction
Business aviation is stepping up to societal expectations around the world, and the coalition is calling on policy makers, business and community leaders in Europe to support the swift and ambitious deployment of sustainable alternative jet fuels.