French Industry and Government Agree to Promote SAF

February 12, 2020 – The French government recently announced their ambition to replace 50% of traditional jet fuel with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2050. The announcement came out of an 18-month collaboration between the French government and industry, including Air France, Airbus, Safran, Total and Suez, to define French SAF goals. This was the first public-private aviation initiative in France and laid out the following five recommendations for standing-up the SAF industry in France:

• Mobilize the necessary volume of feedstocks to support the aviation sector
• Ensure sustainable resources are used to produce SAF
• Ensure value for all players throughout the supply chain through appropriate incentives
• Use existing airport logistics networks
• Support and promote production diversification

Alongside the government’s ambitions, the group of industrial entities announced the launch of a new Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) as a first step towards burgeoning the SAF industry in France. The CEI is expected to provide support and incentives for investments in SAF production facilities in France.

The French government and industry are working together to cultivate a welcoming environment for advancements in favor of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in France.

Read the press release here and article here.

Etihad Airways Targets Net Zero Carbon Emissions and Takes Delivery of Boeing 787 Greenliner

February 12, 2020 – Etihad Airways joins other airlines in committing to target zero net carbon emissions by 2050. The United Arab Emirates’ national airline plans to achieve its goal by optimizing fuel management, utilizing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and purchasing carbon offsets. The airline has committed to the support of SAF made from Abu Dhabi’s municipal waste and developing and refining SAF in Abu Dhabi from saltwater-tolerant plants. In addition, Etihad had a new Boeing 787 ‘Greenliner’ delivered to Abu Dhabi from Charleston, South Carolina using a 30 percent SAF blend. The Dreamliner jet will be used to test various sustainability initiatives.

Read about Etihad’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions here and the Greenliner delivery here and here.

SAF Made Available for Business Jets Traveling to World Economic Forum

February 12, 2020 - World Fuel Services, World Energy and Jet Aviation made sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available for business jets traveling to Davos from three airports for the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The flights originated in Jet Aviation’s facilities in Teterboro (TEB), Boston/Bedford (BED) and Dulles International (IAD). Although SAF was not physically available at those facilities, if consumers at those locations chose to participate in the program, for every gallon of conventional fuel purchased an equivalent amount of SAF would be used on flights departing Jet Aviation’s Van Nuys (VNY) location.

Read more about this creative approach here.

Shell and World Energy to Supply SAF to Lufthansa at SFO

February 12, 2020 – Shell Aviation and World Energy have announced that they have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the Lufthansa Group at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Lufthansa Group plans to use the SAF on three intercontinental flight routes from SFO to Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. The announcement is part of a long-term collaboration between Shell Aviation and World Energy to develop a scalable supply of SAF.

Read Shell’s news release here and read the Yahoo!Finance article, Shell Aims for Dominance in $325 Billion Aviation Fuel Market, here.

JetBlue Pledges to be Carbon Neutral by July 2020

February 12, 2020 – JetBlue is aiming to be the first carbon neutral U.S. airline. The airline plans to offset emissions from all domestic flights and use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to become carbon neutral by July of this year. The offsets will include investments in projects that directly reduce or absorb harmful emissions. The SAF to fuel the 17 daily flights out of SFO will be purchased from Neste and mixed with traditional jet fuel between a 25-40% blend.

Read JetBlue’s blog about the initiative here.

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