Could commercial flying be sustainable?

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In 2017, commercial flying released 862 million metric tonnes of COinto the earth’s atmosphere, but, could flying commercially become sustainable?

Regardless of the copious amounts of plastic waste from in-flight meals and alcohol miniatures, flying is categorically bad for the environment. Aeroplanes use a colossal amount of fuel to create the thrust necessary to push a 130,000 pound aeroplane 35,000 feet above the Earth for a couple of hours. With a global market, its unlikely that we will stop travelling via aircraft, so it is important to look for a more sustainable way to power our planes.

A Dutch company, SkyNRG, are the global leader in sustainable aviation fuel, the company officially launched its ground-breaking Board Now program. By committing themselves to Board Now, companies reduce their own business air travel emissions and at the same time contribute to the development of a new production facility for sustainable aviation fuel. Board Now is the worlds first program that enables companies to contribute directly to the development of this industry and actively paves the way for the energy transition in the aviation sector. A number of renowned organisations, such as PwC and Skyscanner, have already signed-up to the program.

Organisations that join Board Now, commit themselves for a period of 5 years to the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). With this commitment, they not only reduce their own business air travel CO2 emissions, but also contribute to the development of a new production facility. Their investment will be used by SkyNRG to cover the price difference between sustainable aviation fuel and conventional jet fuel. The coalition that participates in the Board Now program, ensures a substantial purchase of SAF that will be produced by Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of sustainable aviation fuel in Delfzijl (DSL-01).

This plant will annually produce 100,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel. This will mean a CO2 reduction of over 270,000 tons a year for the aviation industry. Sustainable aviation fuel can provide for a CO2 reduction of at least 85 per cent, compared to conventional jet fuel.

“With the support of renowned organisations participating in Board Now, that make a choice for sustainable business travels and an investment in SAF, we are able to accelerate the energy transition in aviation,” states Theye Veen, Managing Director at SkyNRG. “We are looking forward to inspire other international organisations as well to follow in the footsteps of our launching members and partners”.

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