SAF, Book-and-claim on the Menu for NBAA-BACE

 - October 7, 2021, 11:29 PM
Aircraft operators visiting NBAA-BACE next week will have SAF available at Las Vegas airports, and World Fuel Services' new book-and-claim program which will allow them to obtain SAF environmental carbon credits, even if the sustainable fuel is not yet present at their home airfields. (Photo: World Fuel Services)

With the focus on sustainability next week at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, World Fuel Services will be ensuring that aircraft flying from the annual convention can fill up with World Energy-produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the trade show, WFS will be offering a 30 percent SAF blend at Henderson Executive Airport and, for the first time, at Harry Reid (formerly McCarran) International Airport through the Atlantic Aviation FBO there.

In addition, the Miami-based fuel provider will offer a new book-and-claim service for operators who uptake fuel on their way to Las Vegas for the show. The book-and-claim process allows customers to purchase SAF no matter where they are in the world and claim the carbon reduction credits, even though the actual fuel purchased is added to the general supply chain and dispensed at a different airport where SAF is available, to be consumed by a different aircraft. Strict accounting procedures eliminate double counting and ensure that only the customer who pays for the sustainable fuel receives the credit.

“During NBAA-BACE we are enabling operators to lower their emissions using SAF or book-and-claim,” said Steve Dryzmalla, World Fuel’s senior v-p for business aviation bulk fuel. “This action reflects our ongoing commitment to helping customers understand their options around sustainability, develop multi-year plans, and then execute on them.”

With current SAF distribution currently clustered predominantly on the U.S. West Coast near biofuel refineries, transporting it long distances is costly and can negate the environmental advantages it holds over conventional jet-A. Book-and-claim offers business aviation users and operators the ability to support the development of sustainable fuel, even when the nearest supply of it may be hundreds if not thousands of miles away.

“We all know that the key to growing the sustainable aviation fuels market and dramatically reducing aviation emissions is to continue promoting availability and use of these fuels,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Simply put, if you support book-and-claim, you’re saying 'I want my SAF.'”