Gulfstream Hits One Million Miles on Sustainable Fuel

 - December 17, 2019, 11:34 AM
Gulfstream was an early adopter in the use of sustainable aviation fuel. Over the past three years, the Georgia airframer has conducted more than 550 flights fueled by the renewable fuel which it has shipped to its Savannah headquarters. The company also was one of the first to make SAF available for purchase, from its Long Beach, and now Van Nuys service centers in California.

Gulfstream’s fleet based at its Savannah, Georgia headquarters has now flown more than one million nautical miles on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the manufacturer announced today. Since 2016, the OEM has used renewable fuel to fulfill its corporate, demonstration, customer support, and flight-test needs.

Over the course of more than 550 flights using the fuel—produced by California-based World Energy and supplied by World Fuel Services—that consists of a blend of 30 percent low-carbon SAF produced from agricultural waste and 70 percent conventional jet-A, the airframer has cut its CO2 emissions by 1,300 metric tons.

“We take our role as an industry leader in environmental sustainability very seriously, so this is a milestone we’re extremely proud of,” noted Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and helping our industry achieve its sustainability goals. The widespread use of SAF is critical to meeting those goals.”

NBAA, GAMA, and IBAC have committed the business aviation industry to achieve a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to its 2005 levels; a 2 percent improvement in fuel efficiency per year from 2010 to 2020; and carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onward.

In addition to its normal fleet usage, Gulfstream also has SAF available for customer purchase at its Long Beach and new Van Nuys facilities in Southern California.