SAF Makes Zurich Airport Debut Ahead of WEF

 - January 20, 2020, 12:23 PM
With the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland this week, the SAF Coalition has taken advantage of the global spotlight the event attracts to further increase the awareness of the use of sustainable fuel. At a press event this morning, a business jet was fueled with an SAF blend for the first time at Zurich Airport.

Ahead of the opening of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Coalition, which includes NBAA, EBAA, IBAC, NATA, and GAMA, arranged to have SAF delivered by Neste and available at Zurich Airport for the first time, to fuel departing aircraft. A press demonstration today featured a business jet being fueled with the blended SAF, which will be dispensed into the airport’s fuel supply to illustrate its drop-in Jet-A compatibility. Air BP is also offering SAF at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport as an option for WEF-related flights.

“If you take a look at some of the demonstrations we’ve done with Van Nuys, with Farnborough, and now with Zurich Airport, I think the more places we can demonstrate that this is here, it’s available, [and] customers just need to ask for it, the more places we are going to see [SAF] turn up,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president for regulatory and international affairs. "With demand will come supply [and] a drop in price."

As well, operators heading to WEF from the U.S. can also partake in a new “book-and-claim” initiative, through Jet Aviation and World Fuel Services. Flights departing from the Jet Aviation FBOs at Teterboro, Hanscom, and Washington Dulles Airports can purchase virtual SAF and receive the credit for it, while the actual fuel will be dispensed to aircraft departing the Jet Aviation FBO at Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport. According to a Jet Aviation spokesperson, with SAF supply currently restricted, "Jet absorbs the cost of this for our customers at this time. As further supply becomes available and blend ratio’s increase we will review this with our customers."

For the aviation industry, the use of SAF is one of the key pillars in its quest to lessen its carbon emissions footprint, but as Carr explained, until battery technology reaches the point where it can supplant the use of fossil fuels, sustainable fuels represent one of the best measures available today to help address carbon emissions coming from not just from business aviation. "This has got to be a community effort, not just planes versus automobiles," he told AIN. "This has got to be a transportation industry focus in order to move the needle."