Air bp, the international aviation fuel products, and service supplier arm of UK-headed global oil, gas, and energy major bp plc, has announced the first sale of International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) EU sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from bp’s Castellón refinery in Spain.
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The SAF was used in a flight carried out by LATAM Cargo Chile from Zaragoza, Spain to North America.
According to Air bp, this latest announcement builds on its experience of supplying ISCC Plus SAF, first supplied in July 2021.
This flight represents one of the Group’s most visible advances in its agenda concerning the use of SAF. At LATAM we made a commitment to contribute to the protection of our environment, and the introduction of this type of fuel is a key step in that direction. We are very pleased about this achievement since the use of SAF requires the involvement and cooperation of multiple players, said Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo.
International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system on its EU version is the one recognized by the European Commission (EC) to demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
ISCC system on its PLUS version is a voluntary certification standard for non-compliance regulated markets.
Underlining the role of co-processing using existing refineries to meet SAF demand, this ISCC EU SAF is produced from sustainable feedstocks processed alongside fossil feedstocks.
This latest announcement marks another important milestone for Air bp as we work towards making SAF more available. As a key step in replacing fossil fuel with renewable feedstock within existing refineries, co-processing has an integral role to play in scaling up SAF production in the most economical and efficient way. We believe that all technologies and pathways, both standalone and co-processing are needed to help the industry decarbonize and reach its goal of net zero by 2050. The supply of ISCC EU SAF from Castellón will open new opportunities throughout the country and beyond, said Andreea Moyes, Global Sustainability Director at Air bp.
Push to increase co-processing to 30 percent
The ISCC EU SAF supplied by Air bp to LATAM Cargo is made from waste-based sustainable feedstock which is procured by bp’s Castellón refinery and co-processed together with fossil fuel.
Currently, co-processing of sustainable feedstock at up to 5 percent is permitted within the jet fuel specification and bp has launched an industry taskforce looking to increase this to 30 percent.
This sustainable component has an attributed saving of around 80 percent carbon emissions over its lifecycle compared with the conventional jet fuel it replaces.
bp aims to increase SAF production further in the future and has announced that as part of the Hydrogen Cluster of the Valencia Region (HyVal), its production of biofuels, including SAF, is expected to increase three-fold, to 650 000 tonnes a year by 2030 in Castellón.
Green hydrogen will be used as a feedstock for the production of SAF in an independent unit.
Air bp has been enabling ground-breaking test flights and investing in sustainable alternatives since 2008. To date, the business has supplied SAF to over 30 locations.