British Airways is set to become the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) products in the UK on a commercial scale.
The airline has agreed a multi-year partnership with Phillips 66 Limited and is set to supply British Airways flights from the beginning of 2022. Phillips 66 Limited is expected to produce the SAF from sustainable waste feedstocks for the first time at their Humber Refinery in North Lincolnshire, which will deliver its SAF to the airline via existing infrastructure that feeds directly to UK airports.
British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, Sean Doyle, said about the announcement “This agreement marks another important step on our journey to net zero carbon emissions and forms part of our commitment, as part of International Airlines Group, to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030.
“The UK has the resources and capabilities to be a global leader in the development of SAF and scaling up the production of SAF requires a truly collaborative approach between industry and government.
“We are excited to develop our relationship with Phillips 66 Limited further with a view to growing production capacity and using a wider range of sustainable waste feedstocks to supply our future flights.”
The airline is aiming to buy enough fuel to reduce their lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions by almost 100,000 tonnes, the equivalent of powering 700 net zero CO2 emissions flights between London and New York with its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircrafts.
Doyle also stated that “The development of sustainable aviation fuel is a major focus for us and forms part of our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a series of short-, medium- and long-term initiatives.”
The International Air Transport Association estimates that commercial aviation is responsible for up to 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions. However, British Airways aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), is investing $400 million over the next 20 years into the development of SAF and a business model for investing in advanced waste to jet fuel projects.
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