Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste upon receiving its first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has become the first airport in the US to test a collaborative circular economy project in the aviation sector.
The successful SAF delivery is part of this pilot project at Dallas — the second busiest airport in the world — demonstrating the commercial and technical viability of SAF, while showcasing the potential to close the circularity loop at the airport by providing raw material for the production of renewable fuels. “The introduction of sustainable aviation fuel to Dallas Airport marks a major milestone in our effort to reduce our sector’s overall carbon footprint,” said Robert Horton, vice president of environmental affairs at the airport. “We recognise our future success depends on our ability to protect our natural resources, and we are committed to continuing to serve as an industry leader in sustainable practices.”
The circularity project is a great example of cooperation to upcycle and reuse valuable waste materials across the value chain.
It begins at the airport, where Neste, via its subsidiary Mahoney Environmental, collects used cooking oil from more than 200 concessionaires who prepare and serve food to airport customers.
Neste converts this waste material into renewable fuels, which replace fossil fuel use in the global transport system.
To complete the circle, Avfuel safely supplied a demonstrative load of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to DFW Corporate Aviation, the airport’s full-service fixed-base operator (FBO), for its business aviation customers.
The 8,000-gallon demonstrative load of SAF reduces carbon emissions by 19 metric tons—a reduction that could grow significantly if more SAF enters the airport's fuel pool.
Overall, Dallas expects the pilot circular economy programme could deliver the same climate benefit as reducing the emissions from 70 passenger vehicles to zero over the course of a year.
“Together we’re charting a bold new flight path that shows airports how they can achieve their climate goals faster and ultimately enable flight operators, businesses and passengers to fly with a smaller carbon footprint,” said Chris Cooper, Neste’s vice president of renewable aviation in North America.
“We’re able to do this because all parts of the SAF value chain came together—the airport, the fuel supplier and the producer. And, most importantly, all the partners involved are committed to creating a sustainable future for air travel and fighting climate change.”
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