Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products provider Neste Oyj and European aerospace major Airbus have signed an agreement to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the aviation sector.
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According to a statement, both parties share a vision that SAF is a key solution to helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from air travel. This collaboration aims to accelerate the aviation sector’s transition to SAF.
Reaching the aviation industry’s ambitious “net zero carbon emissions by 2050” goal, requires different measures to be deployed, including fuel-efficient aircraft technologies, improved operations and ground infrastructures, as well as deployment of sustainable aviation fuel.
Neste and Airbus recognize that one of the biggest challenges in accelerating SAF use is the ramp-up of SAF production.
This collaboration is laying the foundation for Airbus and Neste to explore business opportunities together and jointly promote the production and use of SAF.
Neste is at the forefront of accelerating the aviation sector’s journey to a more sustainable future. That journey requires cooperation across the industry’s value chain. This collaboration with Airbus connects a pioneer in the aerospace industry with a leader in renewable fuels. The combined knowledge and expertise of the companies will help advance the use and availability of SAF as a means of transitioning aviation towards more sustainable energy sources and reducing the climate impact of aviation, said Thorsten Lange, EVP, Renewable Aviation at Neste.
The focus will be on the technical development of SAF, fuel approval and testing of current and future production technologies, and investigating how “100% SAF” use can be enabled.
At Airbus, we believe SAF is one of aerospace’s most promising decarbonization solutions that can be used in both in-service aircraft fleets and those of tomorrow. We are proud to partner with Neste and drive forward the development and uptake of SAF, stimulating the creation of a commercially viable market for renewable aviation fuels, said Julie Kitcher, EVP Communications, Sustainability, and Corporate Affairs, Airbus.
Aiming for neat SAF certification
The agreement between Neste and Airbus builds on the cooperation in the ECLIF3 research project, the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100 percent SAF on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft, with Rolls-Royce and the German research centre, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR).
Following the collaboration in the ECLIF3 project, Airbus and Neste will be further working on the technical aspects of the challenge to reach 100 percent SAF certification.
All Airbus aircraft are already certified for flying with up to 50 percent SAF, and this partnership will be instrumental to reaching certification for 100 percent SAF by the end of the decade, ended Julie Kitcher.