Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Teams Up with Carbon War Room & SkyNRG
The ICAO Council has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate. Many assume that the CAEP goal is the primary burden of the airframe & powerplant manufacturers and the airlines. Not so, says the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It has teamed with Carbon War Room and SkyNRG to design a mechanism to bring the benefits of a Biofuel to SEA.
The tripartite partnership recently released “a broad spectrum of airport funding sources to cover the higher cost of biofuel, as well as biofuel supply chain infrastructure investments.” “The information contained in this study will help us take the next steps toward our goal of making biofuel available, cost-effective and practical for all airlines at Sea-Tac,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “It wouldn’t have been possible to get to this point without the momentum provided by our partners, industry leaders and community innovators.”
Cost and the constraints of federal regulations were cited as the primary impediments to this goal. Innovative Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel at U.S. Airports: Explored at Seattle-Tacoma International, explains the financial tools available to U.S. airports; unfortunately, the report identifies the several legal constraints and financial impacts of each tool. The report found that no single tool could generate enough funding to cover the higher cost of biofuel, and recommended combining a number of funding tools.
SkyNRG ‘s CFO Theye Veen explained, “Until we reach fossil-price parity, we need co-funding mechanism to close the price gap between conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation biofuels. Sea-Tac demonstrates that airports can play a key role in helping find the right partners to cover the premium and accelerate the transition to secure a sustainable future for the aviation industry.” The company is prepared to implement the necessary support infrastructure, such as
SkyNRG offers a one-stop-shop service:
- We take care of all operational aspects: we source the SAF & fossil jet fuel, we take care of the blending and certification of the fuel and offer flexibility in supply location.
- Competitive priced SAF: we offer drop-in SAF at the most competitive price.
- We help to co-fund the premium: we help to make SAF affordable by effective co-funding combined with unique marketing. Examples are the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, the Fly Green Fund, government incentives & airport support.
- Guaranteed sustainability: SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board.
The Amsterdam company’s website recites more specific benefits associated with biofuels:
Benefits for Airports
The use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can offer an airport many benefits:
- Reduce your company’s business travel footprint with up to 80%, compared to fossil jet fuel.
- Flying on SAF connects your company to a community of frontrunners in the field of sustainability.
- The SAF-industry is innovative and exciting and SAF flights attract a lot of positive marketing & exposure worldwide.
- By flying on SAF, you support new technologies and supply chains for SAF that help to develop this market.
CWR, a Boulder based organization and part of the Rocky Mountain Institute, is dedicated to “engaging airports to aggregate demand of sustainable aviation fuels through an innovative business model that minimizes disruption of existing systems while maximizing adoption of the cleaner fuel.” Its Director of Sustainable Aviation program, Adam Klauber said, “We congratulate Sea-Tac on its leadership in showing that airport authorities are critical to the success of the aviation biofuel industry. We’ve proven that there are viable funding mechanisms for the widespread uptake of sustainable aviation fuel at Sea-Tac, and we hope that the study provides tools and ideas for other ambitious airports to consider in their sustainability initiatives.”
CRW and MRI were founded in 2009 as a global nonprofit by Sir Richard Branson and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs. Its purpose has been to accelerate the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy.
It is encouraging to see such substantial collateral support in the effort to reduce aviation’s CO2 footprint.