TELLURIDE, Colo. / April 15, 2021 / AVIATION NEWS – In partnership with its branded fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, Telluride Regional Airport became the first fixed base operator (FBO) in Colorado to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers.
The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel on Saturday, February 27, with two following in March.
Telluride Regional Airport has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF supply from Avfuel—Neste MY SAF. The first load arrived on April 15; each truckload of Avfuel’s Neste MY SAF provides a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 28.7 acres of U.S. forests per year. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight’s carbon footprint; and, in the future, SAF could deliver up to 80% less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuel if used in its neat form.
With the arrangement, Telluride Regional Airport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that fly in to the airport in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability goals.
“Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions,” said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s airport manager. “As such, we are proud to be the first airport in Colorado to provide sustainable aviation fuel. Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announce this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making.”
Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels, said, “Avfuel is thankful for the true partnership it has with the Telluride Regional Airport team, working together to provide cleaner solutions in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments. We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions, but also raises awareness on the environmental benefits and safety of the product.”
Neste MY SAF is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials—such as used cooking oil. It is a fully-approved drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance standards under all operating conditions. This makes Neste MY SAF an optimum solution to directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, requiring no new investments, modifications or changes to the aircraft, fuel distribution procedures or airport fuel storage tanks.
Those interested in learning more about sustainable aviation fuel are encouraged to visit Avfuel.com/SAF or contact Keith Sawyer, manager of alternative fuels, at [email protected] for more information.
In 2009 the aviation industry made commitments on climate change and partnered with aircraft manufacturers, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the General Aviation Manufacturers Assocation (GAMA) and the FAA in the development of sustainable aviation fuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sustainable aviation fuel is one of four pillars of the industry’s road map to address the goals to mitigate the industry’s emissions impact.
ABOUT TELLURIDE REGIONAL AIRPORT
Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level, and offers commercial and general aviation services. The Telluride Regional Airport is a self-sustaining operation. Open 365 days a year, the Telluride Regional Airport team stands ready to provide aircraft, pilots and passengers exceptional service as a premier gateway to Colorado’s mountain region—just seven minutes from Telluride upon arrival. Come experience the best views you will ever see from an airport and experience our first-class customer service. Safe, reliable and friendly.
ABOUT AVFUEL CORPORATION
Avfuel provides fuel and services—including sustainable fuel and initiatives—to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United States. Established as a supply and logistics company more than 45 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that surrounds the delivery of fuel—from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded FBOs. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.
Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. We refine waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. We are the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, we are also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2020, Neste’s revenue stood at EUR 11.8 billion, with 94% of the company’s comparable operating profit coming from renewable products. Read more: neste.com
Telluride Regional Airport: Kenneth Maenpa, Airport Manager, 970-728-8601, [email protected]
Neste: Theodore Rolfvondenbaumen, Communications Manager, North America, 832-799 7029, [email protected], www.neste.com, facebook.com/NesteUS, Twitter: @NesteGlobal; @Neste_NA