Friday, 24 May 15h00, MSG-025 MSSI Building

Scaling up the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Markets

Worldwide, air travel produced 781 million tonnes of CO2 from approximately 250 million tonnes of kerosene in 2015. This is approximately 2% of human produced CO2 and 12% of global transport emissions. Global passenger‐kilometres increase by 4‐5% annually, and historic improvements in aircraft fuel efficiency, operations and infrastructure contributed so far to a combined 1.5% emission reduction per year.

As an island, Ireland depends strongly on clean and affordable air transportation. Long-haul, transatlantic travel dominates much of the business-related transportation to/from Ireland, in addition to travel across the European Union. Aviation has limited options to transition into a more sustainable sector. Planes need fuel to fly, for the foreseeable future. Demand side reductions and efficiency improvements are crucial to reduce fuel consumption in the sector. To meet the industry targets (50% CO2 reduction in 2050 compared to 2005 baseline) there is a need for large volumes of sustainable, low carbon aviation fuel.

The first commercial flights on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) happened in 2011 and after a decade of increasing attention for the development potential of this new market, it looks like industrial scale up is starting. For SAF this means the construction of production facilities. To put things in a global perspective: to meet the reduction targets there will be a need to commission 30 to 40 new SAF production units, every year up to 2040.

SkyNRG’s was founded by KLM Airlines in 2010 to help make the market for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Today, SkyNRG are world market leaders, having supplied over 30 airlines on all continents. They have pioneered many of the new SAF supply chains, globally and are (and have been) involved in almost all of the relevant Sustainable Aviation Fuel R&D tracks running. SkyNRG takes care of all operations (from fuel sourcing to airport delivery), guarantees sustainability throughout the supply chain and helps to co-fund the premium for sustainable aviation fuel by engaging non-airline customers (i.e. corporate organisations, airports, governments). For the long-term, SkyNRG focuses on developing regional supply chains that offer a real sustainable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels, in close collaboration with regional stakeholders (i.e. so-called Direct Supply Lines to create Bioports).

In this seminar, SkyNRG will present the state of the market, work done to date, future outlook and track record of the company. Also, the presenters will dive into the Irish SAF case, focussing on the need for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, for Ireland and the potential impact of having a regional SAF supply chain (e.g. jobs, rural development, enabling adjacent industries through a bio-refinery setup etc.).

Maarten van Dijk is Executive Director at SkyNRG. He has been involved in sustainable aviation fuels since 2007 and has been with the company right from the start in 2010. Maarten holds various advisory and board positions in sustainable aviation fuel projects and platforms across the globe. He studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where he graduated with additional majors in renewable energy technologies and in business economics.

Misha Valk joined SkyNRG in 2012 and is Head of the Business Development team. He works on the realisation of regional supply chains for sustainable aviation fuel. Misha studied Energy Science at Utrecht University and he specialised in bioenergy and conducted research on the availability of agricultural residues for sustainable bioenergy generation in South Africa.

Tea/coffee will be available at 14h45

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