Aena and the Airline Association (ALA), Avikor´s main supporters to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels

Aena y la Asociación de Líneas Aéreas (ALA), principales apoyos de Avikor para fomentar el uso de los combustibles sostenibles de aviación

Exolum´s SEO Jorge Lanza, together with Amparo Brea,  Director of Innovation, Sustainability and customer experience and CGO of Aena, and Javier Gándara, President of ALA (Association of Airlines), have presented our Avikor platform in Barcelona.

The use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) compared to conventional fuels represents a great environmental advantage as well as a great challenge for the sector and its users. At the event, it was highlighted how sustainable biofuels are the best option to reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation sector, since in their complete life cycle they avoid up to 80% of these emissions. Hence the launch of Avikor, as a platform that offers both individuals and companies the opportunity to fly sustainably by choosing to use SAF.

In words of Jorge Lanza, CEO of Exolum, “in line with our commitment to sustainability and promoting the use of more environmentally friendly fuels, we have created the Avikor platform that makes available to any passenger the possibility of flying in an environmentally friendly way.  In this sense, we must be aware that we all generate, directly or indirectly, a carbon footprint and to reduce the impact of our flights is possible if we decide to ”.

Avikor’s slogan “Fly with your feet on the ground” clearly reflects the current awareness of avoiding environmental problems and the need to make it compatible with the use of commercial flights as part of our economic and welfare system. Amparo Brea, Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Customer Experience and CGO of Aena, highlights that “the compatibility of air traffic with sustainability is a strategic priority for all agents in the sector (…) The transition towards a decarbonized economy requires joining forces to face one of humanity’s greatest challenges. “

At the same time, president of ALA, Javier Gándara, welcomed the Avikor project as it brings SAF closer to passengers and the sector in its entirety, making it possible to advance in a more sustainable aviation. Also affirms that “the airlines have set ourselves as a goal to achieve carbon neutral emissions by 2050 and to achieve this, sustainable fuel is essential ”, stated Gándara.

The presentation opens a window to accompany passengers and companies in their environmental and CSR commitment. From Avikor we are very happy with this new step and very grateful to Aena and ALA for their invaluable support.

Does the environmentally friendly plane exist?

avión ecológico

Commercial aviation is about a hundred years old. Therefore, one hundred years of emissions that, at present, are estimated to contribute between 2 and 6% of the total emissions generated by human activity.

Between 2013 and 2018, greenhouse gases caused by air travel increased by 35%, although it is true that an airplane manufactured today is around 10% more efficient than one manufactured a decade ago.

Actions to achieve economic recovery while reducing environmental impact, go through technology. Experts in the field do not contemplate the real possibility of an electric airplane with enough charge and range in at least two decades. Therefore, the focus is on sustainable biofuels.

The international agreement in 2021 defined by CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) enters into force in its pilot phase and on a voluntary basis, to which the countries of the European Union have joined.

The objective of CORSIA is to contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement to address climate change in the context of international aviation and contemplates, among other measures, the use of sustainable SAF aviation fuels.

SAF meets the criteria of social, economic and environmental sustainability, reducing emissions by up to 80% over its entire useful life. In addition, they contribute to the circular economy as they are manufactured from organic waste and their use does not require an engine change, being compatible their mixture with fossil fuels.

They are the best option to reduce flights CO2, although their cost is higher than traditional kerosene. For this reason, at AVIKOR we promote the research, production and distribution of sustainable fuels worldwide to create economies of scale that lower the price of the product.

What is circular economy?

economía circular

There is talk of 4Rs, 7Rs … It´s the challenge of the Circular Economy to extend the useful life of products and give them a second life: reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, redesign …

Linear economy

The current production model, based on a linear economy, the “kleenex” that of ” disposable”, is running out its possibilities and with it the planet’s resources.

In the face of this, the circular economy tries to transform waste into new raw materials and design products to be repaired, reused and recycled when their life cycle ends. It is the ecodesign against programmed obsolescence, that is, the calculation in advance of the time for a product to become obsolete, non-functional or useless, with the aim of generating more purchases.

Circular economy

The new model is committed to economic, social and environmental benefit, involving both companies and society.

The European Union generates more than 2,500 million tons of waste a year, according to data from community institutions, while only 12% of secondary materials and resources are returned to the economy. In addition, the production of the materials that we use daily are responsible for 45% of CO2 emissions.

The European Green Deal values ​​that the application of circular economy measures can increase the EU GDP by an additional 0.5% by 2030 creating around 700,000 new jobs.

Circular economy affects both packaging and mass consumption as well as the sectors of water management, construction or mobility, among others.

As a matter of fact, sustainable aviation biofuels, those manufactured from alternative raw materials (biomass or composted organic waste), are part of the set of solutions to transform and decarbonise air mobility and are key to achieving climate neutrality set by the European Commission.

At Avikor, we have joined these actions, enabling travelers and companies to acquire SAF fees that reduce CO2 emissions up to 80% from the flights they use while traveling.

How to reduce my carbon footprint?

Cómo reducir mi huella de carbono

The development and application of policies and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is continuously promoted. This also involves the ordinary citizen, because we all generate, directly or indirectly, a carbon footprint, the measure to know the impact on the planet in our daily basis.

The carbon footprint calculates the units of carbon dioxide that are released into the atmosphere with our everyday activities. According to The Nature Conservancy, each inhabitant of the planet generates an average of almost four tons of CO2 per year. In Spain, it is estimated that each home emits an average of 12.5 tons of greenhouse gases per year, emissions that contribute to climate change. If the temperature continues to rise and reaches the dreaded 2 ° C threshold, the change will be irreversible.

Varying our routines and behaviors can reduce to less than two tons per year by 2050, a necessary threshold that the NGO estimates.

12 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

There are many actions you can take to reduce your environmental impact. You can start with these 12 ways to reduce your carbon footprint:

  • Become aware of the consequences that each act you do can have. That will make a difference.
  • Consume responsibly, assessing the need for each purchase and if there are alternative solutions.
  • When you go to the supermarket, use cloth or paper bags or a shopping cart. If you have to use plastic, reuse them and recycle them when you can no longer use them.
  • If possible, consume local and seasonal products.
  • FAO indicates that responsible management and consumption would save us more than 1.7 billion tons of CO2 equivalent. Limit your consumption of products derived from bovine livestock (meat, dairy …), responsible for 10% of greenhouse effect emissions. We´re  not talking about imposing veganism either. The agricultural sector is responsible for 25% of emissions.
  • Organize and clean the fridge as ice in the freezer or bags accumulated and packages increases energy consumption.
  • Save energy with sustainable lighting and unplug the appliances you don’t use and don’t leave the chargers plugged in, they are “energy vampires”. You will save on your bill, in addition to reducing emissions.
  • Your town always has a collection and recycling circuit for glass, cardboard / paper, plastics, batteries, medicines … so recycle.
  • Almost any product can be repaired and reused: clothing, appliances, furniture … Keep this in mind before buying a new one.
  • Rationalize your water consumption and repair any leaks. A leaking tap means 50 liters of water wasted a week.
  • Use your bicycle for short trips.
  • Keep the car up to date on reviews and drive consciously: accelerate smoothly and always maintain a constant speed.

Also, if you are going to travel by plane, remember that Avikor provides you with the option to choose biofuels to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight.