Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the United States has secured its first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), as part of a joint aviation circular economy project.
In partnership with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, DFW would have become the first airport in the country to conduct such a test.
The delivery of SAF to the airport as part of this pilot project demonstrated the commercial and technical feasibility of the fuel.
By offering raw materials to produce renewable fuels, the project has also demonstrated the potential to close the circularity loop at DFW.
The circularity project intends to define a partnership model to recycle and reuse valuable waste throughout the value chain.
Neste, through its subsidiary Mahoney Environmental, will collect used cooking oil from more than 200 dealers at the airport. It will then transform this waste into renewable fuels.
As part of the project, Avfuel delivered a demonstrative quantity of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to DFW Corporate Aviation for its business aviation customers.
DFW Corporate Aviation is the airport’s full-service Fixed Base Operator (FBO).
The demonstrative quantity of 8,000 gallons of SAF is expected to minimize CO₂ emissions by 19 metric tonnes.
In its pure form, Neste’s SAF has the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel.
Chris Cooper, Neste’s vice president of renewable aviation for North America, said, “Together, we are charting a bold new flight path that shows airports how they can meet their climate goals faster and ultimately enable flight operators, businesses and passengers to fly with a reduced carbon footprint. ”
“We are able to do this because all parts of the SAF value chain have brought together the airport, the fuel supplier and the producer. And, most importantly, all partners involved are committed to creating a sustainable future for air transport and to tackling climate change.
DFW has set itself the goal of achieving net zero operations by 2030, where SAF is expected to play a crucial role.
In June, British Heathrow Airport (LHR), in partnership with Neste and Vitol Aviation, integrated SAF into its operations.