Avfuel Honors Monterey Fuel Company With Leadership in Sustainability Award

Dec. 18, 2023
Avfuel presented the Monterey Fuel Company with the Early Adopter Award: Leadership in Sustainability.

In recognition of its exceptional dedication to sustainable solutions, specifically sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Avfuel presented the Monterey Fuel Company with the Early Adopter Award: Leadership in Sustainability.

“The Monterey Fuel Company has been a huge champion for the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels. “It was the first company to work with Avfuel to provide an FBO with consistent supply of SAF back in March 2021. Its FBOs, Del Monte Aviation (KMRY) and Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), have continued to be strong advocates for the use of SAF at Monterey Regional Airport ever since and have transitioned multiple high-volume customers to the sustainable option. We felt their eagerness to lead SAF efforts from the forefront of the initiative was worthy of recognition.”

Rather than presenting the company with a traditional trophy or plaque, Avfuel purchased carbon credits in the Monterey Fuel Company’s name. Avfuel will present the company with the offset certificate at Del Monte Aviation—its SAF-leading FBO—once the carbon credit retirement is complete.

Del Monte Aviation has seen SAF sales surge considerably since it began offering the fuel. Today, the FBO accounts for 94 percent of SAF transactions on the MRY field, positioning itself as a leading SAF provider not only on the West Coast, but globally, and putting its commitment to support CO2 emissions reductions in action.

Since the Monterey Fuel Company first started offering Avfuel’s supply of Neste MY SAF at Monterey Regional Airport in 2021, it has accepted enough SAF to facilitate a 3,192 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the fuel’s lifecycle in comparison to traditional jet fuel. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 3,807 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

“Our team is honored to receive this recognition, proud to support our eco-conscious community, and thankful to Avfuel for enabling us to be at the leading edge of sustainability by providing SAF at the highest blend ratio available. Through this partnership, we’re able to accomplish real progress toward aviation’s CO2 reduction goals by offering flight departments and operators a pathway for decreasing their environmental impact,” said Matthew Wright, vice president of the Monterey Fuel Company.

With award-winning service, industry-recognized staff members, exceptional facilities and a comprehensive portfolio of offerings, Del Monte Aviation and Monterey Jet Center serve as premier options for travelers headed to the Monterey Peninsula for events, recreation and business. With SAF consistently available for operators to uplift, travelers who choose KMRY can help cut emissions surrounding their flights. 

Neste MY SAF is made from sustainably-sourced, renewable waste and residue materials including used cooking oil. It is a fully approved drop-in fuel that, once blended with petroleum jet fuel, meets ASTM D-1655 specification for conventional jet fuel and performance standards under all operating conditions. This means Neste MY SAF directly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, requiring no new investments, modifications or changes to the aircraft, fuel distribution procedures or airport fuel storage tanks.