EvChaja & BasiGo Collaborate With Kenya Airways To Facilitate An Electrical Bus Trip For The Sustainable Flight Problem

Kenya Airways (KQ) is collaborating within the second version of the Sustainable Flight Problem (TSFC), an initiative of SkyTeam. The initiative is a pleasant competitors between SkyTeam member airways. A Kenyan Airways Boeing 787-800 (B787-8) Dreamliner took off from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol yesterday morning, and was the primary Kenya Airways flight powered by Eni Sustainable Mobility’s sustainable aviation gas. For this flight, the JetA1 gas was combined with Eni Biojet, produced within the Eni’s Livorno refinery by distilling the bio-components produced from the Gela biorefinery.

Eni Biojet accommodates 100% biogenic feedstock and is appropriate to be used with as much as 50% of JetA1 gas. For this flight, it was combined with typical jet gas by Kenya Airways in Nairobi. KQ is working along with Eni to make use of sustainable aviation gas for its flights in a foreign country — the SAF-fuelled Nairobi-Amsterdam flight permits KQ to realize a aggressive benefit within the continent. From 2025, all plane departing from European airports shall be required to include a proportion of SAF. Consequently, KQ is positioning itself to make the most of sustainable aviation gas momentum in accordance with the path indicated by the European Union with the ReFuelEU Aviation regulation that units the targets for mixing conventional fuels with elevated quantities of extra sustainable fuels. 

Eni already markets an aviation gas containing a 20% biogenic part — JetA1+Eni Biojet. The corporate has additionally signed agreements with nationwide and worldwide airways in addition to airports and logistics operators with a purpose to provide it. As of 2024, the Venice and Gela biorefineries will start manufacturing of Eni Biojet from renewable uncooked supplies: it’s anticipated to exceed 200,000 tonnes per yr. This goal requires a big provide of uncooked supplies, for which Eni can be energetic in growing a provide chain in Kenya to gather UCO (Used Cooking Oil) by working with corporations and operators within the meals sector, contributing to managing meals waste as a part of a round financial system, in addition to a community of agri-hubs in Kenya and different African nations to supply vegetable oils from marginal lands not in competitors with meals chain. Eni Sustainable Mobility and Kenya Airways are engaged on a broader settlement for long-term collaboration.  

As a part of this yr’s version of the Sustainable Flight Problem, Kenya Airways additionally collaborated with EvChaja, a Nairobi-based electrical car charging community supplier, in addition to BasiGo, an e-mobility firm bringing the way forward for clear, electrical public transport to sub-Saharan Africa. BasiGo is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. EvChaja and BasiGo facilitated an electrical bus experience for the Kenya Airways Crew to the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi earlier than their KQ116 flight from JKIA to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. 

This collaboration received me pondering that we must always begin seeing extra of this on a extra everlasting foundation in Kenya in addition to different African nations. A variety of airways get shuttle service firm buses to take their crew to and from the airport/resorts, and at the moment primarily all of those buses on the continent are nonetheless powered by diesel. These common providers with well-known routes and schedules are good for electrification.

Disclosure: I’ve shares in EvChaja 

Photographs by Khadeeja and Kenya Airways


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