SAF has great potential to reduce emissions (by up to 80%) and is considered essential for the energy transition in aviation, especially while hydrogen technology does not reach a sufficient level of maturity. Fuel suppliers and aircraft operators are legally required to scale up SAF in upcoming years. According to the last update on the European Union’s ‘Fit for 55’ legislation, the fuel supplied at European airports will have to contain a minimum of 2% SAF by 2025 and 70% by 2050. Also, airlines will not be allowed to load their aircrafts with more fuel than needed for their next route. This technique is often used to take advantage of better prices in different locations, hence it could be used to avoid buying SAF at EU airports.
SAF can be used as a so-called ‘drop-in fuel’ since its characteristics are almost identical to the ones of conventional fuel. However, for safety reasons, commercial flights are not yet allowed to run entirely on SAF (with the maximum being a blend of 50% SAF with 50% conventional Jet-A1 fuel). No changes in the airport infrastructure or on the airplanes are required. Still, airports may choose to do so for tracking and transparency reasons.
Overall, infrastructure needs to be scaled up (e.g. renewables and direct air capture) before PtL (Power to Liquid) is widely available and in the meantime there is not enough feedstock available to meet the demand through biomass alone. Also, the technology used for production and the way different supply chains operate are fairly new, thus the balance between cost, time and resources is not fully optimised yet. Therefore, the availability of SAF today is still very limited which has a big influence on its price. This makes SAF around 3 to 6 times more expensive than common jet fuel.
What is PRO SKY doing?
We are working with airlines and SAF producers to accelerate SAF scale-up. Our ultimate goal is to make it accessible to all our clients, by providing various solutions that can be tailored to each client’s budget, route or branding needs.
By booking with PRO SKY, you can either pay for SAF to be used directly or you can support SAF production. Be aware that in the first case, SAF is not necessarily used in your flight. Instead, it can be fed into the fuel system of an airport near the SAF production facility to avoid needless emissions from transportation. This is called the Book and Claim model and you can prove to be responsible for the reduction of those emissions through a certificate.
How to request SAF
If you wish to buy SAF to be used during a flight, ask your Project Manager to request it to the airlines considered in your next group flight. If you wish to support the Fairfuel production plant of Atmosfair, here is their website.