Rotterdam Airport launches 'Fly on SAF'

February 24, 2022

  • Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) has teamed up with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pioneer, SkyNRG, and climate tech company, CHOOOSE, to reduce the CO2 emissions from air travel.

With the "Fly on SAF" tool now available on the airport's website, environmentally conscious travelers can take action on the estimated carbon emissions of their flights by replacing fossil kerosene with SAF. Passengers can use the online tool to estimate the CO2 emissions associated with their flight and choose to partially or fully reduce their carbon footprint by supporting SAF. The payment can be made via credit card.

Comparison with green energy

Fly on SAF with SkyNRG, CHOOOSE, and Rotterdam The Hague Airport works according to the "Book & Claim" method and can be compared to the use of green energy.

Choosing green energy does not mean that actual green energy comes through the home socket. The energy supplier adds green energy to the entire network on behalf of the user.

It works the same way with SAF. There is not necessarily sustainable aviation fuel in the plane in which the traveler sits who has made their journey more sustainable.

Logistically, it is better to refuel airplanes near a SAF factory with sustainable aviation fuel, to prevent SAF from having to be transported around the world, which would result in unnecessary CO2 emissions. However, by choosing to support SAF, travelers can help to contribute to a more sustainable aviation industry.

SkyNRG is also developing a SAF factory in the Rotterdam region.

"Sustainability is of great importance"

According to the Strategy and Sustainability Advisor of Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Michelle Samson, the regional airport is eager to promote the development of SAF. As of today, the online SAF tool is also available on the airport's website.

"Sustainability of aviation is of great importance to us. And within our vision, the solution seamlessly fits the desire to belong to the most sustainable airports in the world. As a sector, we are in transition to help reduce CO2 emissions, and SAF is the most effective short-term measure in this regard. Therefore, SAF plays a crucial role in the transition to more sustainable aviation."

According to Samson, the SAF market is currently not large enough to replace fossil fuels worldwide. "That's why, as an airport, we want to help develop this market. We want to make the use of sustainable aviation fuel possible on a larger scale and allow more travelers to reduce their carbon footprint in the future."

At the same time, the market for SAF is being strengthened. "This is a good start for a more sustainable future."

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the first airport in the Netherlands to work with Fly on SAF and its tool. Currently, two other European airports are also active with the solution: Heathrow Airport in London and Stuttgart Airport in Stuttgart.

More information about Fly on SAF (including the tool) can be found on the website: