DFW Becomes First U.S. Airport To Get SAF Through Innovative Circular Economy Initiative


Sustainable aviation fuel has officially landed at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) which is the first airport in the United States testing a collaborative circular economy that produces the SAF from waste materials from the airport itself. 

Created in collaboration with Neste and Avfuel Corporation, the circular economy project at DFW seeks to demonstrate the commercial and technical viability of SAF through upcycling and reusing valuable waste materials across the airport’s supply chain.


Neste, via its subsidiary Mahoney Environmental, collects used cooking oil from more than 200 airport concessionaires and converts the material into renewable fuels. Avfuel then delivers SAF to DFW Corporate Aviation, the airport’s fixed-base operator (FBO), for its business aviation customers.


The initiative is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 19 metric tons.


“The introduction of sustainable aviation fuel to DFW Airport marks a major milestone in our effort to reduce our sector’s overall carbon footprint,” said Robert Horton, vice president of environmental affairs at DFW Airport. “We recognize our future success depends on our ability to protect our natural resources, and we are committed to continuing to serve as an industry leader in sustainable practices.”


As the second busiest airport in the world, DFW expects the program could deliver the same benefit as reducing the emissions from 70 passenger vehicles to zero over the course of the year. 


DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to the airport as it strives to reach its goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2030.