Phnom Penh Airport accelerates green operations programme

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Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Airport – a member of the VINCI Airports network – has installed Fixed Electrical Ground Power (FEGP) units and pre-conditioned air (PCA) units to cater to aircraft at parking bays. Fixed under the passenger boarding bridges, the new systems enable aircraft to source electricity and air conditioning directly from airport facilities. It’s a move that replaces fossil-fuelled equipment and cuts further CO2 emissions and noise pollution.

The switch to FEGP and PCA units aims to substantially reduce the use of auxiliary power units (APU) which were previously used to provide power for idled aircraft.

The new environmentally-friendly equipment demonstrates VINCI airports’ commitment to fight climate change through its global environmental strategy, AirPact. Part of this strategy included all three international airports in Cambodia achieving Level 2 on ACI’s Carbon Accreditation programme in October 2020.

“Despite this unprecedented crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, our network of airports continues to engaging and investing in long-term initiatives that foster green development. We want our actions to not only benefit the airport stakeholders but also wider communities. Having airlines and the Cambodian civil aviation agency joined this scheme is also instrumental to its success and we want to extend our appreciation to those key partners,” said Hervé Bonin, General Manager of Phnom Penh International Airport.

Clermont Ferrand becomes first airport in France to offer SAF on ongoing basis

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Manged by the French airport operator,  VINCI Airports, Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is the first French airport to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its users. The SAF is being supplied by Air bp.

The airport’s first SAF fuelling took place on 19 April when Air bp customer, Michelin Air Services, uplifted the fuel. Michelin will be supplied according to agreed commitments for ongoing supply at the airport with all its volume supplied as the SAF blend. This demand from Michelin means that approximately 30% of the airport’s total volume will be supplied as this SAF blend.

Other customers are also encouraged to come forward and work together with the airport and fuel supplier to establish an agreement for the supply of SAF. The SAF supplied by Air bp is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

The supply of SAF is one of the key items on VINCI Airports’ environmental commitment to decarbonising aviation, as they can be implemented easily, while other technological innovations, such as hydrogen-powered aircraft are still being developed.

“Sustainable biofuels are a short-term solution to decarbonise aviation, and are an integral part of the ambitious environmental strategy we have been pursuing since 2015 to reduce our carbon footprint and engage our stakeholders in the same movement,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports.

Highlighting the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF, Corine Brunet, CEO Michelin Air Services said: “With Air bp, Michelin Air Services has found a partner that listens, makes proposals and is efficient in its implementation of this shared approach to seeking lower carbon options in the aviation sector.”

Meanwhile, Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp, said: “We are excited to see our first ongoing SAF supply in France. Air bp is a strong facilitator in the supply of SAF and recently announced a number of agreements in the UK. This underlines bp’s commitment to working with stakeholders to explore its viable sale and purchase, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions and supports bp’s net zero ambition.”

The supply of SAF at Clermont Ferrand follows the ongoing supply of SAF at three UK locations in the last month: London Biggin Hill, Airbus-owned Hawarden Airport in North Wales and Centreline FBO in Bristol.

Telluride Regional Airport receives delivery of SAF from Avfuel

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Avfuel-branded Telluride Regional Airport has become the first airport and FBO in Colorado to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers. The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel in Februrary, with two more deliveries made in March.

Telluride Regional Airport has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF from Avfuel. The first load arrived on 15 April, with each truckload of the Neste MY SAF providing a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 28.7 acres of US forests per year.

Telluride Regional Ariport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that land at the airport in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability goals.

“Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions,” said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s Airport Manager. “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 announced this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, added: “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.”

Open 365 days a year, the Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level and is a self-sustaining operation.

Air bp now offering ongoing SAF supply at three UK locations

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International aviation fuel products and service supplier, Air bp, has now supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the UK as part of its commitment to delivering SAF on an ongoing basis. Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport became the first UK location to receive a supply of SAF from Air bp in March, while London Biggin Hill and Airbus owned Hawarden Airport in Flintshire, North Wales, where SAF will be used to fuel the Beluga aircraft have also now received their first Air bp SAF supply.

These latest agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals.

“We are excited to see these ongoing commitments to SAF supply,” said Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp. “Stakeholders’ willingness to invest in SAF and collaborate with us will help drive demand and deliver carbon reductions compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. We are committed to working with stakeholders to explore the viable sale and purchase of SAF, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions.”

Air bp’s SAF is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF blend supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at London Biggin Hill said that by offering SAF to its customers and resident businesses, “we are helping them to meet their sustainability goals too, and vitally, contributing to our industry’s aim for a net zero carbon future.”

Meanwhile, the delivery of SAF at Hawarden Airport has seen Airbus take the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using SAF. The North Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen is the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019.

“The progressive deployment of sustainable aviation fuels at Airbus’ sites is an essential part of our decarbonisation roadmap. We’re proud that Broughton has become the second Airbus site to introduce SAF in its Beluga-fleet operations,” said Andy Owen, Beluga Line Station Manager at Broughton.

Menzies Aviation commits to carbon neutral operations by 2033

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Aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has committed to making 100% of its operations carbon neutral by 2033, which also happens to be the company’s 200-year anniversary. According to Menzies, it is the first aviation company to make this ground-breaking commitment to carbon neutrality.

To reach carbon neutrality Menzies will focus on investing in electric ground support equipment (GSE), reducing emissions through identifying operational efficiencies and balancing remaining emissions with carbon offsetting initiatives. The transition to lower emission and electric GSE is key to reducing carbon footprint and supporting customers’ sustainability ambitions and in 2020 Menzies made significant progress in upgrading equipment as part of new contracts. It’s new contract with Qatar Airways at Gothenburg and Stockholm airports has enabled Menzies to invest in three new electric baggage tractors and two new electric aircraft loaders, as well as an electric towbarless tractor in Stockholm. Meanwhile in South Africa, a new contract with Mango Airlines saw the Group purchase 15 new electric belt loaders and 12 new electric baggage tractors across three airports – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. And in North America, Menzies has replaced and retired older, less efficient GSE across four locations with plans to do so in more locations across the region.

Alongside investment in new equipment, Menzies will also support teams with implementing processes to make zero fuel spills a daily target throughout the business as well as local initiatives to reduce energy use and lessen environmental impacts.

Commenting on how the the company’s carbon neutral goal coincides with its milestone anniversary in 2033, Philipp Joeinig, CEO and Chairman of Menzies Aviation said: “As flight volumes recover we see an opportunity to rebuild the aviation industry to be more sustainable, and we will be taking advantage of this to promote greener operations across our entire business. With our Sustainability Strategy and Programme now in place, we have clearly defined targets and supporting action plans to help realise them, however it is critical that we build relationships across the aviation ecosystem, from trade bodies to suppliers, to ensure that we can collectively remove barriers to green innovation and adoption.”

Shell invests in LanzaJet to accelerate Alcohol-to-Jet technology

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Sustainable fuels technology company and sustainable fuels producer, LanzaJet, has welcomed Shell as an investor to advance the company’s global growth, accelerate the commercialisation of its technology and scale the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Shell joins other funding investors including LanzaTech, Suncor Energy, Mitsui & Col, and more recently British Airways, as well as participation from All Nippon Airways. Shell’s investment comes as LanzaJet (which was launched in June 2020) pushes ahead with work to build the first Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) facility of its kind globally, a commercial-scale plant (10 million gallons per year capacity) in Soperton, Georgia, US.  Freedom Pines Fuels, as the facility is called is on schedule for operations in 2022. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech’s carbon recycling platform.

LanzaJet’s technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90% of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10% as renewable diesel. The SAF will be blended with conventional fossil jet fuel and be supplied to airports through existing supply routes. The technology can flex to produce more diesel and less SAF, as required. LanzaJet’s SAF is approved to be blended up to 50% with fossil jet fuel and is a drop-in fuel, which means that no modifications to engines, aircraft or infrastructure is needed. The SAF delivers more than a 70% reduction in greenhous gas emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

Commenting on the investment, Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation, said: “LanzaJet’s technology opens up a new and exciting pathwya to produce SAF using AtJ process and will help address the aviation sector’s urgent need for SAF. It demonstrates that the industry can move faster and deliver more when we all work together. Provided industry, government and society collaborate on appropriate policy mechanisms and regulations to drive both supply and demand, aviation can achieve net-zero carbon emissions.”

She added that the strategic fit with LanzaJet is an exciting step forward. “Through our Raizen joint venture in Brazil, we have been producing bioethanol for over 10 years, and we have already demonstrated production of cellulosic ethanol from waste materials. Our access to feedstocks, experience of optimising supply chains and extensive sales and marketing business will hopefully contribute to LanzaJet creating sustainable, robust and scalable commercial operations.”

Jimmy Samartzis, LanzaJet CEO underlined that “We’re now at a point in time when real solutions matter to address the global need to get to net zero. At LanzaJet, we’re in a unique position with technology that is ready and scaling today to produce lower-carbon, sustainable fuels. Shell’s investment and partnership helps to further advance our work to do our part to decarbonise aviation globally, a sector with limited other options in the near- and mid-term.”

London Biggin Hill now offering SAF supplied by Air bp

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One of the main business aviation hubs for the UK capital, London Biggin Hill is expanding its fuel services with the addition of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Air bp.

The dedicated business aviation hub is now the first in London to offer Air bp’s low carbon renewable fuel, which is produced from waste and residue products and is a blend comprising just over one third SAF and two thirds traditional jet fuel. The SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

“At London Biggin Hill we are fully committed to providing tangible, immediately available solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our operations and protect the environment,” said Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at Biggin Hill.

“The introduction of SAF as an expansion of our fuel offering is a major step towards becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2029 and enables our customers and resident businesses to also meet their own sustainability goals.”

Meanwhile, Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp, added: “We are delighted to extend our collaboration by supplying SAF to London Biggin Hill Airport which is such an important business aviation airport for London-bound owners and operators. This delivery demonstrates the airport’s willingness to invest in SAF which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions. We anticipate that it will prove very popular with customers.”

Header image: Martin Lane, UK general aviation manager, Air bp (Left), and Stephen Elsworthy, manager of fuel services, London Biggin Hill (Right)

Avfuel delivers ongoing supply of Neste SAF to Monterey Jet Center

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Avfuel is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a consistent basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center in California.

Having received its first load of the fuel on 1 March, the FBO will now receive SAF on an ongoing basis.

“Avfuel’s provided a number of demonstrative SAF loads over the years, but this is our first opportunity – through Neste MY SAF – to regularly provide the fuel for a customer,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels. “We look forward to collaborating with Neste and Monterey Jet Center to ensure the logistics behind supplying Neste MY SAF are streamlined and efficient as we prepare to extend this offering to other customers.”

Just two months ago Avfuel and Neste announced a strategic partnership to supply more SAF to the business aviation market. As part of this agreement, Neste will provide Avfuel with sufficient SAF in volumes to meet the growing demands of its customers, making Avfuel one of the first US companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes (515 million gallons) of SAF annually by 2023.

Every truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to conventional fossil fuel. Made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials – such as used cooking oil, Neste My SAF is a drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleium jet fuel meets ATSM D-1655 specification for jet fuel.

“We are thankful to the Neste and Monterey Jet Center teams who have joined Avfuel in leading the charge in sustainability,” said Craig Sincock, Avfuel’s CEO and President. “Making sustainable aviation fuel regularly available to sustainably-minded operations is the best way to reduce carbon emissions at the source. Together, we’re not just facilitating the supply chain of a new product, we’re facilitating a cleaner, brighter future for aviation and our communities – and that’s something of which the Avfuel team couldn’t be more proud.”

Sweden to increase airport fees for high polluting aircraft

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The Swedish government plans to charge airlines more at takeoff and landing based on how much their aircraft contribute to pollution.

The measure is set to take effect in July and essentially a way of phasing out aircraft that run on older technology and produce more waste as it means that older aircraft will be hit with the higher fees, while newer and more efficient aircraft will benefit from the scheme.

The Ministry of Infrastructure described the plan as a first in Europe and possibly the world stating: “This means that takeoff and landing fees can be more significant when a plane’s climate impact is higher and they can be reduced when the climate impact is lower.”

The project, which has yet to be approved by parliament and will directly impact aircraft flying in and out of Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg. It will also include planes that fly on biofuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Sweden is where the flygskam or flight shaming movement began in 2018, which pressured people to stop flying in order to lower carbon emissions. According to Swedish Railways, a single flight between Stockholm and Gothenburg generates as much carbon dioxide as 40,000 train journeys.

Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport partners with Air bp for SAF

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Centreline has partnered with aviation fuel supplier Air bp to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from its FBO at Bristol Airport in the UK.

The delivery of SAF at Centreline – a Pula Aviation Services Limited (PASL) business – makes it the first non-network user and independent retailer of SAF in the UK.  The fuel is blended with traditional Jet A-1, so it is safe to use as a drop-in fuel and there are no infrastructure changes required by aircraft or airport infrastructure. The fuel’s journey to Bristol is also ensure by Air bp to be carbon offset.

Commenting on the delivery, Gus Paterson, COO at PASL and Centreline’s Accountable Manager said:“Our partnership with Air bp is a sustainable step forward for the PASL group as we remain committed to playing our part in reducing the impact aviation has on global carbon emissions. By offering our charter clients a SAF option we are making progress in being a carbon negative in air operation by 2025, as well as providing our FBO clients with the opportunity to make sustainable choices when refuelling in Bristol.”

Air bp’s long-established supply chain has delivered SAF to 18 locations over three continents and the lifecycle carbon emission savings are calculated to the point fuel is delivered to onsite airport storage facilities. “As SAF is blended with fossil jet fuel and does not require special equipment changes, it is a clean substitute that reduces the impact of air travel. With the same characteristics and sepcifications as fossil jet fuel, we are pleased to offer an efficient lower carbon alternative to our customers,” said Richard Morrison, FBO Manager at Centreline.

Meanwhile, Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director at Bristol Airport, added, “We are delighted Centreline has partnered with Air bp to bring sustainable aviation fuel in to Bristol Airport. We welcome their leadership and are committed to working with our airlines and other partners to accelerate our journey towards Net Zero.”