How much does it cost to say “yes” to Sustainable aviation fuel?

by Admin on August 9, 2018

What you should know about Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)


The aviation world is on its flight to a better greener world with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Every day thousands of aircraft are flying around the world which uses jet fuel that emits CO2 and leads to climate change. But with the new environment-friendly SAF, we have a cleaner and better fuel to fly our aircraft and at the same time help our planet too. In this article, we discuss all you need to know about SAF.


Is it the same as bio-fuels?

SAF, unlike Bio-fuels, is produced from materials or substances that can be used as fuels (other than conventional fossil-sources like oil, coal, and natural gas), including non-biological resources too.


How is Sustainable aviation fuel made?

SAF is made by amalgamating kerosene (fossil-based) with renewable hydrocarbon. 

Do you have to modify your aircraft to use SAF?

You can rely on SAF, as it is certified as “Jet-A1” fuel and you can use it without the need to make any technical modifications to your aircraft.


Why should you use it?

The aviation industry is currently producing approximately 2% of global man-made carbon emissions which is equivalent to 781 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. With SAF this number can be reduced significantly. SAF is a carbon-neutral and sustainably-produced jet fuel. Compared to fossil fuels, it helps reduce up to 80% less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across its lifecycle. 


How is it different from other fuels?

SAF has far less impurities, like Sulphur. This permits an even greater reduction in Sulphur dioxide (SO2).  SO2 combines with other compounds in the atmosphere and contribute to particulate matter emissions. This has serious effects on your lungs and leads to grave health problems. In addition to this, it is harmful to our ecosystem and contributes to acid rain too.


How will the cost be affected?

We all know that jet fuel is the largest expense for the aviation industry. The fluctuating price of different fuels, including Jet A-1, AVGAS, and more creates issues for long-term budget planning. The production of SAF can be distributed worldwide, across a number of different feedstocks, ensuring that the price doesn’t vary much.  


Can SAF be found in specific locations?

Unlike, other aviation fuel, the production of SAF is not limited to locations where fossil fuels can be drilled. The production can be spread across several different feedstocks. This will lessen the exposure to the fuel cost volatility that comes with having a single energy source.


Is it the only option?

The latest technological advancements have made our aircraft 80% more fuel-efficient since the time jet was first made in the 1950s. Our aircraft are fuel-efficient but the number of people flying is increasing every day. Thus, the aviation industry’s emissions continue to rise and the need for a sustainable fuel becomes more prominent. The only sustainable option currently for our jets is using SAF.


Will the performance of the aircraft be affected?

One of the major requirements for SAF is to meet or exceed current jet fuel specifications. It should be able to substitute conventional jet fuel for aviation with no requirement for different airframe, engine or logistical infrastructure. 


Where can you find SAF?

Currently, SAF is available at Oslo, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Bergen airports. Brisbane and Geneva airports have announced they will join them by next year. Alternatively, you can contact iJET, a provider of SAF, who is committed to offer services with a better impact on the environment. 


Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is the greener alternative to conventional jet fuels and contribute to the fight against climate change. Since 2008, the year SAF was introduced, it has made a visibly strong impact, with aircraft operators slowly turning to sustainable aviation fuel to power their aircraft. iJET too is part of it by offering high-quality aviation fuel that makes you fly more for less. To know more about SAF or how you can switch to SAF, talk to our jet fuel advisor today. 



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