Dutch company SkyNRG, a sustainable aviation fuel company, officially launched its ground-breaking Board Now program together with its launching members. Board Now is the world’s first program that enables companies to contribute directly to the development of this industry and actively paves the way for the energy transition in the aviation sector. A number of renowned organizations, such as PwC and Skyscanner, have already signed-up to the program.
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Organizations that join Board Now commit themselves to the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel for five years. With this commitment, they not only reduce their own business air travel CO2 emissions, but also contribute to the development of a new production facility. The production facility, located in Delfzijl in the Netherlands, will specialize in producing SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using regional waste and residue streams as feedstock. The plant will be the first of its kind in the world and is scheduled to open in 2022.
With the launch of Board Now with PwC and Skycanner as launching members, the program kicked-off today (October 3). Moreover, a number of leading organizations have joined Board Now as partners: the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the ClimateWorks Foundation, South Pole, Vertis Environmental Finance and the Climate Neutral Group. The last three organizations develop projects to enable companies to compensate their own CO2 emissions, in addition to CO2 reduction. These parties support the program by helping further the growth of Board Now by providing access to knowledge and networks and by creating marketing opportunities.
Renate de Lange, member of the Board of Directors of PwC Netherlands, said, “PwC is doing everything in its power to reduce its own business air travel emissions substantially. The purchasing of sustainable aviation fuel contributes to this. With our commitment to SkyNRG, we strengthen our strategy for sustainable business travel and we believe that this is a very important step towards sustainable flying.”
The plant in Delfzijl, DSL-01, will annually produce 100,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel. This will mean a CO2 reduction of over 270,000 tons a year for the aviation industry. Sustainable aviation fuel can provide for a CO2 reduction of at least 85 percent compared to conventional jet fuel. The use of SAF will also contribute to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulphur emissions.
SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board will advise the company on whether the fuel meets the highest sustainability standards. The Board includes representatives from WWF International, the European Climate Foundation, the Solidaridad Network and the University of Groningen. Furthermore, the sustainability of the chain and related products are ensured through certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the highest possible certification standard for sustainable fuels.