SkyNRG's sustainable jet fuel reduces CO2 emissions
Aviation is a dynamic, economically crucial and socially essential industry. However, the aviation sector is responsible for as much as 3% of global man-made CO2 emissions and is expected to grow in the coming years.
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Unlike the road transport industry, that can switch to electric power, the aviation industry doesn’t have an alternative to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Switching to sustainable jet fuel is the only option open.
To reduce the aviation sector's impact on the environment, SkyNRG - founded by the Dutch national airline KLM, Spring Associates, and Argos Oil - has developed a sustainable jet fuel. The fuel is produced with Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) technology. The feedstock for the fuel was sourced from waste streams such as waste vegetable oil (Used Cooking Oil), forestry residues, municipal solid waste (MSW), and non-food energy crops, such as non-edible oils and lingo-cellulosics.
In comparison to conventional fossil-based jet fuel, SkyNRG's sustainable jet fuel has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%. Ultimately, this development could lower the sector's dependency on fossil fuels and reduce price volatility.