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Gulfstream’s fleet hits sustainable aviation fuel milestone

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s fleet has flown over one million nautical miles – or 1.85 million kilometres – on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The company has used SAF for its corporate, demonstration, customer support and flight test fleets since March 2016. Over 550 flights have been flown with blended fuel, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 1,300 metric tons.

“We take our role as an industry leader in environmental sustainability very seriously, so this is a milestone we’re extremely proud of,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and helping our industry achieve its sustainability goals. The widespread use of SAF is critical to meeting those goals.”

Gulfstream uses a blend of 30% low-carbon, drop-in fuel derived from agricultural waste and 70% traditional jet fuel.

Every gallon of SAF used by Gulfstream’s fleet saves at least 60% in carbon dioxide emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared with petroleum-based jet fuel.

The renewable fuel is produced by World Energy at its refinery in Paramount in the US state of California. World Fuel Services manages the logistics, including the distribution of SAF to Gulfstream on both US coasts.

“Our collaboration with World Energy and World Fuel Services has been critical in our ‎drive toward sustainability,” Burns added. “Both companies are valued partners and play ‎an important role in helping our industry achieve its carbon-reduction goals.”‎