In partnership with its branded fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) became the first fixed-base operator (FBO) in Colorado (CO), United States (US) to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers. The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel on February 27, 2021, with two following in March.
North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) offers commercial and general aviation services. A self-sustaining operation, TEX has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF supply from Avfuel—Neste MY SAF.
The first load arrived on April 15, 2021; each truckload of Avfuel’s Neste MY SAF provides a 22-tonne reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle.
Provide SAF to all jet and turbine aircraft
According to Avfuel, SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight’s carbon footprint; and, in the future, SAF could deliver up to 80 percent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions versus traditional jet fuel if used in its neat form.
With the arrangement, Telluride Regional Airport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that fly into the airport in order to significantly reduce GHG emissions and support sustainability goals.
Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions. As such, we are proud to be the first airport in Colorado to provide sustainable aviation fuel. Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announce this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making, said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s airport manager.
In 2009, the aviation industry made commitments on climate change and partnered with aircraft manufacturers, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the development of SAF that reduce GHG emissions.
Neste MY SAF is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials—such as used cooking oil UCO). It is a fully-approved drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance standards under all operating conditions.
This makes Neste MY SAF an optimum solution to directly reduce GHG emissions from aircraft, requiring no new investments, modifications, or changes to the aircraft, fuel distribution procedures, or airport fuel storage tanks.
Avfuel is thankful for the true partnership it has with the Telluride Regional Airport team, working together to provide cleaner solutions in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments. We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions but also raises awareness on the environmental benefits and safety of the product, said Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels at Avfuel.