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What is 'SAF' and Why Your FBO Should Implement it



The aviation industry, including airlines, manufacturers, air navigation providers and airports, have a net zero-emission target by 2050. To succeed, it will require that everyone involved take a greener approach to reduce the carbon footprint. The maximum emission reduction effort using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is considered the most efficient strategy to reach this goal since, according to IATA (International Air transport Association), it would represent 65% of the total emissions reduction by 2050.


At the 2023 X-1 Approach FBO & User Conference, Kennedy Ricci joined us from 4Air to explain what SAF means to an FBO. So, what is SAF and how can FBOs benefit from using it while contributing to this commitment?


Sustainable Aviation Fuel refers to fuels derived from non-fossil fuels as opposed to traditional jet fuel. SAF reduces CO2 emissions during its life cycle through its cultivation and production processes. Whereas fossil fuels add to the overall level of CO2 by emitting carbon that had been previously locked away, SAF recycles the CO2 which has been absorbed by the biomass used in the feedstock during its life.


5 Benefits SAF brings to your FBO


1. Cost Savings: Although the initial cost of SAF may be higher than traditional jet fuel, it can result in long-term cost savings for FBOs. SAF is becoming more cost competitive as production technology advances and demand increases. Additionally, using SAF can help FBOs avoid potential future carbon taxes or penalties.

2. SAF Credits Programs: By selling SAF, FBOs can use available technology to exchange, buy or resell their SAF credits. This is an advantage for FBOs that have excess SAF and those who need it.

3. Positive Brand Image: Using SAF can help FBOs improve their brand image and attract customers who are environmentally conscious. In today's market, customers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of their travel, and FBOs that use SAF can differentiate themselves from their competitors.

4. Increased Access to Airport Markets: Some airports are starting to offer incentives for FBOs to use SAF. By using SAF, FBOs can access these markets and potentially increase their revenue streams.

5. Airport Regulation Compliance: With a 2050 zero emission goal, airports will see regulations to enforce carbon footprint reduction at the airports. FBOs should plan and implement strategies to include SAF and related programs for compliance with potential regulations.


Sustainable Aviation Fuel implementation at FBOs is a smarter way to run your business if you want to remain competitive in the aviation industry which has already targeted carbon reduction as their main contribution to the environmental agreements between the biggest players of the global economies. With an increasing demand for business travel and greener solutions to come along, and a 'net zero' goal by 2050, FBOs play a relevant role in the adoption of SAF and related programs to make their operations more sustainable and compliant with the industry’s regulations.


For more information about how to set up a SAF program for your FBO. Visit the 4Air website for more information.

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