The gathering is focused on growing private jet use of sustainable fuels
Leaders of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last week announced what they described as an “unprecedented gathering.”
To be held early next year in Washington, DC, the meeting is aimed at accelerating the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The first Business Aviation Global Sustainability Summit is scheduled for March 2020.
“Business aviation has long made sustainability a priority, and we have made tangible progress,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen announcing the summit.
He added, “Over the past decade, we have redoubled our commitment to reducing the industry’s already-small carbon footprint, and the key to that has been the development and use of sustainable fuels. This summit marks the next step in focusing on how to accelerate the fuels’ adoption and use.”
I support SAF, and I urge leaders in government and across the industry supply chain to do so as well. The increased availability of these fuels will dramatically strengthen the goal of business aviation to reach its long-term carbon-reduction goals.Sustainability pledge for business aviation executives
GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce explained, “We have an opportunity to bring all stakeholders together to identify ways to increase the use of SAF. The summit will continue to educate our industry on this safe, drop-in fuel and communicate the existing enthusiasm in the business aviation community for environmental stewardship through the use of sustainable fuel.”
Supporting the first of its kind meeting in addition to GAMA and NBAA are the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
“SAF is the main solution to our environmental challenges – along with other means of emissions reduction, use of the fuels will be key to meeting our industry’s environmental goals,” said EBAA Chair Juergen Wiese.
Weise noted, “This summit will provide another important opportunity to demonstrate that business aviation continues to take seriously its responsibility for reducing climate-changing emissions.”
“Business aviation will meet its global, long-term carbon emissions reduction goal through a multi-pronged approach involving technology, operational improvements, ATM modernization, and a global market-based measure,” said IBAC Director General Kurt Edwards.
He added, “Sustainable aviation fuel is going to be among the most critical technologies to help us meet the goal. The technology is proven – now is the time for governments and industry to increase significantly efforts to encourage production and use of SAF. The summit and our recent demonstration events are concrete demonstrations of the industry’s interest in using SAF. We continue to urge governments at all levels to implement positive incentive policies to facilitate greater production of sustainable aviation fuels.”
Private jets and a sustainable future
NATA Chief Operating Officer Tim Obitts stated, “NATA is constantly hearing from our members about their desire for the use of SAF. The aviation business community is at the forefront of taking proactive measures towards building a sustainable future. This summit is a continuation of the SAF coalition’s aim to educate the industry and wider public about the quality and safety of SAF, as we seek its widespread adoption.”
The new summit builds upon previous industry initiatives aimed at promoting SAF use, including the first-ever public demonstration – in January 2019, at California’s Van Nuys Airport – which highlighted the fuels’ viability, safety and benefit toward aviation-emissions reduction. That demonstration day was followed by a similar event, held in May 2019, at TAG London Farnborough Airport.
A sustainability pledge for private aviation
In conjunction with the summit announcement, Bolen noted that the SAF coalition has produced a new, online capability for people in the industry to pledge their support for the fuels.
The pledge is available at futureofsustainablefuel.com, an industry website sponsored by the SAF stakeholder coalition. The pledge reads, in part: “I support SAF, and I urge leaders in government and across the industry supply chain to do so as well. The increased availability of these fuels will dramatically strengthen the goal of business aviation to reach its long-term carbon-reduction goals.”
Sustainable aviation fuels were a central focus of NBAA’s 2019 convention completed last week in Las Vegas. Ahead of the show, a number of airplanes featured at the event’s aircraft display at Henderson Executive Airport (HND) arrived having been fueled by SAF, and more are expected to depart using the fuel, which is being made available at HND for the first time.
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