Billund Airport is the second Danish airport where SAF is available, as a new fuel option to the many airlines and operators using the country’s second largest airport.
Driven by DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark (a joint venture between DCC plc and Shell’s global aviation fuel business) and supported by Neste, a leading producer of SAF, the initiative implies that Danish aviation is taking yet another step to support the deployment and availability of more sustainable aviation fuels. SAF is widely acknowledged as a key element in helping to achieve aviation’s emissions reduction goals. It is available today and can be used in existing aircraft and fuel infrastructure.
Billund Airport is active in the sustainable transition and have taken local steps inside the airport. However, Jan Hessellund, CEO in Billund Airport is aware that the most significant steps must be taken in collaboration with the airlines. Billund Airport are pleased that airlines now have access to SAF.
“Several technologies are underway to decarbonize aviation and we cannot reject any. We need even more technologies and for them to scale up. The introduction of SAF in Billund Airport is a sign of the increasing demand from the airlines. We are proud to be a part of meeting this demand,” says Jan Hessellund, CEO, Billund Airport.
Growing interest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel
DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark is responsible for the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to Billund Airport. SAF is delivered in close cooperation with the Finnish SAF producer, Neste, DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark is already supplying SAF to Sønderborg Airport, where Alsie Express began using SAF in 2021.
“The initiative at Billund Airport reflects the growing interest in sustainable aviation fuel we are seeing from Danish airports and airlines. For us as a company, this is yet another positive and important step towards increasing the availability of more sustainable fuels at Danish airports,” says Ulrik V. Brendstrup, CEO of DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark.
“Right now, SAF is playing a key role in the transition from fossil jet fuel. But in line with the other players of the aviation industry, we see SAF as an efficient transition fuel on the road to a future where we fly on green fuel made entirely from renewable energy,” he adds.
SAF produced by Neste is officially called Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Since it is made from 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, Neste’s SAF can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent over the fuel’s life cycle, compared to using fossil aviation fuel.
“Neste has been at the forefront of accelerating the availability of SAF. By offering our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Billund Airport in cooperation with DCC & Shell Aviation, we are enabling airlines, businesses, and travelers the opportunity to lower the carbon footprint of their air travel. We are pleased to support Billund airport, which is taking a lead in promoting the use of SAF and look forward to the Danish government taking a lead with policies to drive the decarbonisation of aviation,” said Jonathan Wood, Vice President Europe, Renewable Aviation at Neste.