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Neste and United ink new SAF deal

Neste and United ink new SAF deal
Neste Oyj and United Airlines Inc sign a purchase deal for up to 160 000 tonnes of SAF over the next 3 years at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (photo courtesy Neste).

Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable products producer Neste Oyj and airline major United Airlines Inc (United) have signed a new purchase agreement that provides United the right to buy up to 160 000 tonnes (≈52.5 million US gallons) of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) over the next three years.

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The SAF will be supplied to United flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the Netherlands and potentially other airports, as well.

With this agreement, United became the first U.S. airline to make an international purchase agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Reducing carbon emissions from fuel use is the fastest way United will reach 100 percent green goal by 2050. As the leading US airline globally, it makes sense to accelerate our use of SAF and expand our network of partners internationally with a leading company like Neste, said Lauren Riley, United’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

The demand from our customers to limit their emissions from flying is growing exponentially, and this agreement means that United customers flying from Amsterdam will be partners in our sustainability efforts, Lauren Riley said.

Incremental SAF supply

According to the agreement, the value of which has not been disclosed, Neste will provide United with 7 500 tonnes (≈2.5 million US gallons) of SAF in Amsterdam in the first year.

United will also have the right to purchase up to 60 000 tonnes (≈20 million gallons) in the second year, and up to 90 000 tonnes (≈ 30 million gallons) in the third year, at Amsterdam or other locations that Neste can supply throughout the globe, as Neste increases its SAF production globally.

We’re excited to be partnering with United in this milestone purchase agreement and make our SAF available to United, also an industry leader in SAF investments, said Thorsten Lange, EVP Renewable Aviation at Neste.

This supply agreement is enabled by Neste’s ambitious growth strategy, which will see the company producing 1.5 million tonnes (≈515 million gallons) of SAF per annum by the end of 2023.

Neste has been producing and delivering SAF since 2011 and has a proven track record of supplying SAF to customers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Our global, fast-growing SAF production and supply chain supports airlines and their customers in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Neste is committed to helping aviation transition to a more sustainable future, and we look forward to expanding our cooperation with United, Thorsten Lange said.

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