At this year’s NBAA-BACE exhibition in Las Vegas, Air BP has been highlighting how solid waste from homes and businesses, such as packaging, paper, textiles, and food scraps can be converted into sustainable aviation fuel.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said, “Business aviation has long made sustainability a priority, and we have made tangible progress. Over the past decade, we have redoubled our commitment to reducing the industry’s already-small carbon footprint, and key to that has been the development and use of sustainable fuels. This summit marks the next step in focusing on how to accelerate the fuels’ adoption and use.”
Derived from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials, the fuel is made by leading fuels producer, Neste, and supplied by Air BP.
In 2016 Air BP created a strategic partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy with an initial investment of US$30m. The Californian company is building its first plant in Reno, Nevada, which will produce sustainable transport fuel made from household waste. Fulcrum intends to construct additional facilities and ultimately, plans to supply Air BP with over 50m US gallons of SAF per year.
As part of the NBAA-BACE exhibition week-long focus on sustainability, all turbine airplanes refueling at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) will take on SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) before departure. SAF is said to reduce aviation’s carbon lifecycle emissions by up to 80%.
“There are different feedstocks that can go into SAF, but for us it’s about choosing the ones that have the most positive sustainable impact and are certified for their sustainability.” Said Irene Lores, global sales and marketing director of general aviation at Air BP
“We believe it is important to keep working with multiple suppliers, customers and partners to support the commercialization of SAF. It’s also important to highlight that there is no difference with SAF for an airport, there’s no cost associated to training or modifying facilities to deliver it.
“The cost to the customer is higher right now, but that will come down as the industry invests more in production facilities.”