API magazine
October 1, 2020

The Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), SkyNRG, Waterfall Group, and Vancouver Airport Authority, BC, in Canada recently announced the launch of BioPortYVR, an industry-led project to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Sustainable aviation fuel is not currently widely available in Canada; meanwhile, demand is growing as the airline industry looks to reduce its carbon footprint. IATA lists sustainable aviation fuel as one of the key elements to help the aviation industry achieve its ambitious 2050 emissions reduction goals. The first step of the project includes a comprehensive feasibility study designed to assess the implementation of an integrated SAF supply chain in BC. The study, set to be completed in March 2020, was commissioned by GARDN and brings together leading experts in SAF initiative development and airport sustainability.

BioPortYVR will consider and evaluate the viability of implementing regional supply chains to distribute SAF to airlines at YVR and surrounding airports through demand centres known as BioPorts. In the coming months, the project partners will engage with industry, government and other stakeholders to develop a series of actionable recommendations for the introduction of SAF at YVR.

Sustainable aviation fuel is produced from a wide range of sustainable sources, including organic waste streams, agri-residues and sustainable plant oils. Certified SAF can be blended with conventional jet fuel and does not require changes to aircraft or special infrastructure at airports, since it meets applicable regulatory requirements. SAF can result in CO2 emissions reductions by more than 85% compared to conventional jet fuel.