Oil giant Shell commits to sustainable aviation fuels as it enters long-term collaboration with SkyNRG
Tue 5 June 2018 – Once criticised for a lack of enthusiasm towards sustainable fuels for aviation, the global oil giants are now sensing an opportunity to meet a worldwide demand from the aviation sector for such fuels. Total and BP have already made significant investments in the field and now Shell has agreed a long-term strategic collaboration with Dutch sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier SkyNRG. The multi-year partnership will bring together Shell Aviation’s technical and commercial expertise, global supply chain and carbon management operations with SkyNRG’s long track record and in-depth knowledge of the SAF market. The two parties stress their long-term commitment to developing opportunities and solutions for low-carbon aviation fuels. They say the initiative will be structurally supported by a joint business development fund.
The collaboration will focus on new opportunities to extend the use of and build more resilient SAF supply chains, coupled with the development of a range of comprehensive carbon management options to support customers of the two companies.
Shell supplies aviation fuels and lubricants at around 850 airports in 32 countries, refuelling, it says, an aircraft every 14 seconds on average.
“We want Shell to be a leader in the low-carbon transition in aviation fuels,” said Anne Anderson, Vice-President, Shell Aviation. “This agreement with industry pioneers SkyNRG demonstrates the type of progressive collaboration which can help us move towards a lower carbon emissions future. Working together, we believe we can advance sustainable solutions for the benefit of our entire industry.”
Responded SkyNRG CEO Maarten van Dijk: “In addition to bringing together the right mix of technical expertise and operational excellence, it’s the shared ambitions of SkyNRG and Shell Aviation to develop this new industry that makes this collaboration an obvious one. Shell Aviation’s long-term commitment sends a strong signal that the involvement from all players across the industry is critical to delivering the sustainable solutions that are vital for the future of aviation.”
Founded by KLM and Spring Associates in 2010 to develop the SAF market, RSB-certified SkyNRG has now supplied over 25 airlines on all continents.