As part of our commitment to the aviation industry’s continuous transition to sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), JFKIAT purchased 5,000 gallons of SAFs in collaboration with Delta Air Lines, as part of our efforts to compensate for corporate air travel in 2022 . As an alternative to jet fuel, SAFs are biofuels comprised from renewable biomass and waste resources that have the potential to provide the same performance, yet significantly reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional jet fuel.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the , aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions make up 9-12 percent of U.S. transportation emissions. While jet fuel emits high concentrations of carbon into the atmosphere, SAFs reduce carbon emissions through aggregated sustainable resources. SAFs – which can power all existing aircraft models – reduce lifecycle carbon emissions of aviation fuel by up to 80 percent as compared to conventional jet fuel, according to the International Air Transport Association.
“As a leader in sustainability, JFKIAT is always looking for opportunities to invest in environmentally friendly programs to reduce our carbon footprint and drive forward our innovative sustainability initiatives,” said Roel Huinink, President & CEO of JFKIAT. “We are proud to collaborate with Delta Air Lines to implement this innovative program and further our mission of building a more sustainable aviation industry.”
This investment in SAFs is part of a multi-year agreement to advance our larger efforts to promote sustainability within JFK T4 and the greater Queens community. Additionally, we recently launched a zero-waste station at T4 that uses artificial intelligence to boost recycling, composting, and diversion rates. At JFKIAT, we continue to develop initiatives focused on energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emission reduction, climate resiliency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality, biodiversity, and sustainable transportation. As part of our mission, we will continuously seek more opportunities to invest in environmentally friendly programs to reduce our carbon footprint and drive our sustainability priorities forward.