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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport receives delivery of sustainable aviation fuel

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Upon receiving its first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, became one of the first airports in the US to test a collaborative circular economy project in the aviation sector.

The successful SAF delivery is part of this pilot project at DFW – the second busiest airport in the world – demonstrating the commercial and technical viability of SAF, while showcasing the potential to close the circularity loop at the airport by providing raw material for the production of renewable fuels.

The circularity project is a great example of co-operation to upcycle and reuse valuable waste materials across the value chain. It begins at the airport, where Neste, via its subsidiary Mahoney Environmental, collects used cooking oil from more than 200 concessionaires who prepare and serve food to airport customers. Neste converts this waste material into renewable fuels, which replace fossil fuel use in the global transport system.

To complete the circle, Avfuel safely supplied a demonstrative load of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to DFW Corporate Aviation, the airport’s full-service fixed-base operator (FBO), for its business aviation customers. The 8000 gal. demonstrative load of SAF reduces carbon emissions by 19 t – a reduction that could grow significantly if more SAF enters the airport's fuel pool. Neste’s SAF, in neat form and over the life cycle, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%1 compared to fossil jet fuel.

Overall, DFW expects the pilot circular economy programme could deliver the same climate benefit as reducing the emissions from 70 passenger vehicles to zero over the course of a year.

DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to the airport. This could potentially include making the fuel available to commercial and cargo airlines. DFW’s goal is to become a net zero operation by 2030, and it views SAF as an essential component of enabling its partners to achieve emissions reduction goals.

Calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as CORSIA methodology.

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