Finland headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj and fuel distributor Air BP are supporting the business aviation sector’s Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative and helping drive its adoption with operators and aircraft manufacturers. The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) will take place in Geneva on May 21-23, 2019 and European business aviation community has an option to refuel with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Caen airport in France.
The fuel has been produced by Neste and supplied by Air BP to Caen Carpiquet Airport (CFR/LFRK) in France. Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel is produced from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials. The fuel supplied will, Neste says, produce up to 80 percent fewer emissions over its life-cycle compared with conventional jet fuel.
We are extremely happy to be able to offer sustainable aviation fuel to the business aviation community. In decreasing emissions from aviation, sustainable aviation fuel made from waste and residues represents the best viable drop-in alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft. Collaborating with Air BP, we can find the best ways of developing robust supply chains to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel is more widely accessible to aviation customers, said Peter Vanacker, Neste’s President, and CEO.
The availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Caen airports follows the announcement last month that as part of a collaboration agreement signed in October 2018, Air BP and Neste are ready to supply sustainable alternative fuel to airline and airport customers in Sweden.
Our industry’s ambitious carbon reduction targets will only be achieved with support from across the entire supply chain. Initiatives like this give operators direct exposure to sustainable aviation fuel helping us to overcome any obstacles in its adoption. At Air BP we believe it is important to keep working with multiple suppliers, customers and partners, and using expertise from across the global BP organisation, to support the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel, said Irene Lores, global sales and marketing director, general aviation, Air BP.
Air BP has supplied its sustainable aviation fuel to commercial airlines customers at over 10 airport locations, including at Oslo Airport (OSL) in Norway, where together with Neste it was the first to supply sustainable aviation fuel through the existing airport fuelling infrastructure. In 2018 Bombardier’s demonstration fleet was refueled with BP Biojet in Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) in Sweden en-route to EBACE.
Air BP has also supplied airlines on an ad-hoc basis at airports including Stockholm Bromma (BMA/ESSB), Karlstad (KSD/ESOK) and Göteborg Landvetter (GOT/ESGG).
Neste is increasing renewable jet fuel production volumes significantly over the course of the next few years. Currently, Neste is ramping up capacity to produce up to 100 000 tonnes per year total in the US and Europe. With the planned Singapore refinery expansion Neste will have the capacity to produce up to 1 million tonnes of low-emission renewable jet fuel per annum by 2022.