Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products major Neste Oyj has announced that it has supplied over (US) 500 000 gallons (1 500 tonnes) of its "Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel" to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California (CA).
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Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has been widely acknowledged as a key element in helping to achieve aviation’s emissions reduction goals globally.
However, one of the challenges facing the aviation industry is making SAF available in large enough volumes.
In close cooperation with LAXFUEL Corporation, the consortium of the airlines operating at LAX providing the jet fuel supply infrastructure, it is the first time SAF is delivered into LAXFUEL’s supply infrastructure using barges for transport.
Sustainable aviation fuel is the fastest, most effective means we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. We now have the means to supply this low-emission fuel in larger volumes not only to the airlines flying from LAX but also to other airports in the region serviced by the broader fuel infrastructure managed by LAXFUEL in California. This partnership with Neste proves that we have the capability to immediately implement this fuel as a low-carbon solution. It also provides a sound basis for scaling up future deliveries to airlines, said John Trozzo, Chairman of LAXFUEL Corporation.
Large-scale delivery of blended fuel
The fuel delivery significantly increases the availability and accessibility of SAF at one of the busiest international airports and aviation hubs in the United States (US), offering airlines and passengers a solution to travel more sustainably with reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from air travel.
Smaller deliveries of SAF have been used for flights out of LAX in the past, but those have been in smaller and infrequent quantities brought in by trucks.
This partnership marks the first time that SAF is being delivered as a ready-made fuel blend into the existing LAXFUEL fueling infrastructure in large volumes at LAX.
Neste is fully committed to supporting the decarbonization of aviation. Our company has been at the forefront of accelerating the availability of SAF, and this achievement together with LAXFUEL shows how we are taking concrete steps toward a more sustainable future for aviation. Recognized as one of the most visited states in the US, California has a huge demand for air travel. By offering SAF to the state’s busiest airport, we are enabling passengers who travel to and from California to lower their carbon footprint while enjoying the benefits of flying, said Chris Cooper, President of Neste US.