ALIGHT - Copenhagen Airport: a Lighthouse for the Introduction of Sustainable Aviation Solutions for the Future

Project management:



Dr. -Ing. Ulf Neuling

Nils Bullerdiek, M.Sc.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt

Funding:Europäische Komission - Horizon 2020
Project partners:Copenhagen Airport (CPH), the airports of Lithuania and Rome along with Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (CPK), which is in charge of the new airport in Warsaw, Fuel Storage and Hydrant company Copenhagen Airport I/S, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation (NISA), Danish Technological Institute (DTI), International Air Transport Association (IATA), German Aerospace Center (DLR), AirBP, The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Hybrid Greentech, BMGindroz Consulting and the the University of Parma
Project volume:48 Monate
Project term:11/2020 – 10/2024

A near-term and widespread market ramp-up of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) requires effective regulatory frameworks that allow for an economic SAF utilization. However, it is furthermore important to remove operational barriers for the use of SAF so they can be seamlessly integrated in the day to day aviation operation. Within the ALIGHT project the IUE tackles these topics.

The seamless use of SAF requires, among other things, suitable concepts for their reporting and accounting. The different properties of SAF, e.g. sustainability properties, must be tracked along the entire supply chain and between all actors involved, such as fuel manufacturers, tank farm operators, airlines or national authorities, while SAF batches are commingled with (fossil) conventional aviation fuels in the common fuel supply infrastructure and thus cannot be physically distinguished. The already existing approaches for SAF reporting and accounting are not suitable for a mass use of SAF and may especially result in high administrative efforts if airlines want to account for the use of SAF. Also, many actors along the supply chain of aviation fuels have a considerable need for information and lack of experience in the (administrative) handling of SAF.

In particular, the fuel supply chain for different SAF options that will be supplied to Copenhagen airport in the project will be analyzed, particularly with regard to sustainability documentation, and identify requirements for the use, supply, reporting and accounting of SAF. Based on this, proper SAF accounting concepts will be developed and evaluated in the practical context of the project with which airlines and other stakeholders can be credited for the use of SAF in a seamless manner.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 957824.