Dutch festival brand DGTL today announced a partnership with SkyNRG, a global leader and pioneer in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), ensuring all artists to and from their international events reduce CO2 emissions from flying, by replacing fossil fuel with SAF.
For journeys that are unavoidable, SAF will allow DGTL to reduce their carbon footprint from flying to net zero, by replacing fossil kerosine with SAF. This innovation is the final piece in DGTL’s overall sustainability puzzle, with the organisers having already solved sustainability issues around energy, water & sanitation, food and commodities (waste) at their events.
SAF is fuel for aircrafts that is produced from sustainable resources, instead of being refined from petroleum, like fossil-based aviation fuel. SAF can significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel, depending on the technology and feedstock used.
DGTL’s Sustainability Coordinator Mitchell van Dooijeweerd commented: “Through this partnership with SkyNRG, we reduce CO2 emissions together with our artists and ensure that what we do inspires our surroundings. Replacing fossil kerosine with SAF is a huge step forward for unavoidable flights. Furthermore, it is a scalable solution that can reduce air travel emissions for other events too where air travel may be unavoidable. DGTL’s festivals have a huge reach, which is why it is important we lead by example and plant the seed for change.”
SkyNRG’s Program Manager, Jef de Vries commented: “Although SAF has been in commercial use since 2011 and over 300,000 flights so far have been powered by it, it still makes up less than 1% of the overall fuel use in aviation. Therefore, SkyNRG scales up supply and demand by building new production capacity and forging partnerships with industry pioneers like DGTL festival.”
SkyNRG uses a system for supplying SAF to DGTL called Book & Claim. With this system, SAF is not used on the aircrafts the artists fly with, but rather tanked into the fuel system of an airport close to the SAF production facility. The SAF produced and supplied is continuously tracked and the corresponding carbon emission reductions are then allocated to DGTL and the artists.