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Geneva airport offers SAF supply to conference flights
For the first time in its history, Geneva airport has had availability of sustainable aviation fuel. It was used to lower carbon emissions for outbound flights from EBACE and for later WEF flights.
Last September the industry updated its Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change and pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Geneva airport is being supplied with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), introduced in time for the city’s EBACE convention. Stakeholders with the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel secured agreements to make the SAF available at the airport.

“Business aviation continues to advocate for and take steps to grow SAF, which is a cornerstone of our climate strategy,” says NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Today, there is more availability, production and supply than ever before. Almost daily, new collaborations and projects are boosting the production of these carbon-cutting fuels. SAF is our industry's sustainable solution today as we innovate and create even more advanced technologies for tomorrow.”

“One of the key issues we are advocating for in Europe is the geographical spread of SAF,” adds EBAA secretary general Athar Husain Khan. “This is why it is so significant and crucial for us to have it available at our own show, in Geneva, so that we practise what we preach.”

FBO/ground handling and aircraft fuel provider Jet Aviation worked with TotalEnergies to make the SAF available as the 2022 edition of the convention got underway.

“Jet Aviation is wholly committed to offering sustainable solutions for our customers, our businesses and the communities we serve,” says president David Paddock. “We believe collaboration is one of the best ways to bring innovative solutions to life, and we are pleased to partner with industry stakeholders to help increase the global supply of sustainable aviation fuel.”

Jet Aviation imported a stock of 30 per cent blend SAF, the fully compliant, drop-in Jet A/A-1 fuel that is known for its potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions over its lifecycle. Complementing its SAF for outbound flights from Geneva, the company will also extend SAF to inbound flights and World Economic Forum (WEF) 2022 attendees through its global Book & Claim service.

Jet Aviation piloted customer receptivity to SAF with WEF customers at the last annual WEF event held in Davos in January 2020. It was the first time SAF had been made available for purchase in Switzerland. The company also recently signed WEF's 2030 ambition statement, Clean Skies for Tomorrow, dedicated to supporting the transition to net zero aviation and seeing SAF constitute 10 per cent of the global fuel supply by 2030.

“We are delighted to partner with TotalEnergies, whose commitment to renewable energy solutions support our efforts to reduce the industry's carbon footprint by promoting increased production of and access to SAF,” says vice president of FBO operations in Europe and GM Zurich Joao Martins. “I would also like to take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to Geneva airport for its unwavering support in helping us meet and secure all the safety approvals needed to make this happen. Only by working together with our partners have we been able to bring SAF to Geneva in time for EBACE and WEF, both of which are taking place in Switzerland. It is our great pleasure to offer delegates the choice to fly here on SAF through Book & Claim or to uplift SAF directly in Geneva.”

“TotalEnergies is very proud to provide sustainable aviation fuel to Jet Aviation. This partnership illustrates our commitment to supporting our aviation customers by offering innovative solutions to reduce their emissions, and confirms the company's climate ambition to get to net zero emissions by 2050,” says president Joël Navaron.

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