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Brussels Airlines first to take delivery of SAF to Brussels Airport via CEPS pipeline

Brussels Airlines first to take delivery of SAF to Brussels Airport via CEPS pipeline
Brussels Airlines aircraft at Brussels Airport (photo courtesy Brussels Airlines)

Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier of Belgium and part of the Lufthansa Group, has started the New Year by being the first airline to receive delivery of "Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel "at Brussels Airport (BRU) for the first time using the NATO Central European Pipeline System (CEPS).

Aviation fuel is supplied by CEPS to commercial airports in Europe, and as of January 1, 2023, these airports can also receive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) via the pipeline system.

Brussels Airlines has ambitious sustainability goals including an aim to emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030 compared to 2019, become carbon neutral by 2050, and operate its first flight using SAF by 2023.

The delivery of Neste’s SAF via the CEPS pipeline contributes to Brussels Airlines’ sustainability goals by enabling the airline to operate its first flight using SAF already at the start of 2023.

To achieve our climate goals, we will have to drastically increase the use of alternatives to fossil fuels in the coming years. Together with the Lufthansa Group, we have already invested in the production and use of SAF for several years. The fact that sustainable aviation fuel can now be transported from the blending facility all the way to our aircraft in a fast and environmentally friendly way is an important step to increase the use of this type of fuel in the near future, said Peter Gerber, CEO of Brussels Airlines.

The first batch of Neste’s SAF for Brussels Airlines was loaded into the pipeline system as a ready-to-use blend with conventional jet fuel at Neste’s blending facilities in Ghent, Belgium at the turn of the year.

From there, the fuel was transported by Brussels Airlines via the pipeline to the general fuel storage at Brussels Airport, making SAF available for use by Brussels Airlines.

Sustainable aviation fuel is the most effective tool currently available to reduce the emissions of air travel. Neste is working with partners like Brussel Airlines and the Lufthansa Group, airports, and logistics providers to make SAF available across Europe and globally. Following permission from NATO to transport SAF on the CEPS system, we are proud to be the first to deliver SAF into the pipeline to Brussels Airport, said Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation at Neste.

Largest petroleum pipeline system in NATO

The Central Europe Pipeline System (CEPS) is the largest petroleum pipeline system in NATO and is used to deliver fuel for air and ground vehicles around Europe.

Comprising some 5 300 km of pipeline running through Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands, it is one of the most complex and extensive networks of refined product pipelines in the world also connecting to civil airports.

We look forward to using the largest pipeline system in Europe to supply other airports in the near future. Pipelines are the most efficient way to supply as Neste is scaling up SAF production capacity to 1.5 million tonnes annually in 2023, ended Jonathan Wood.

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