Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF ) is a necessary short-term option the commercial aviation industry has to reduce CO2 emissions in the short term, in addition to fleet renewal and operational efficiency gains. However, not enough sustainable kerosene is currently being produced.
SkyNRG, partner of Bio4A project, is cooperating with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and SHV Energy (global leader in LPG distribution) as main partners in developing the first dedicated plant for the production of SAF in Delfzijl (The Netherlands).The facility, called DSL-1, will be the first of its kind in Europe and in the world.The used feedstock will be waste and residue streams (such as used cooking oil – UCO), predominantly coming from regional industries.
Sustainability in the aviation sector is among the main objectives of KLM, that has committed itself for a 10-year period to the development and purchase of 75,000 tonnes of SAF a year, confirming to be the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel on this scale. The use of SAF will also contribute to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulphur emissions.

Some data:

  • from 2022, this facility will annually produce 100,000 tonnes of SAF (besides15,000 tonnes of bioLPGand naphthaas by-products);
  • this means a CO2 reduction of 270,000 tonnes a year for the aviation industry;
  • given that the plant will run on sustainable hydrogen (produced using water and wind energy), this SAF will deliver a CO2 reduction of at least 85%, compared to fossil fuel;

SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board will advise on whether the fuel meets the highest sustainability standards, thereby ensuring that the fuel (produced from waste streams) will not have a negative impact on the food supply and environment.
The entire process is an important step for the industry to accommodate the need for carbon emission reduction on the one hand, and the increasing demand for SAF on the other.
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