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Neste and Vitol Aviation enable Heathrow to become first major UK airport to incorporate SAF

For the first time, passengers from the UK's London Heathrow Airport (LHR) will be able to reduce their aviation emissions by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel available ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from June 11 to 13, 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower emissions.

For the first time, passengers from the UK’s London Heathrow Airport (LHR) will be able to reduce their aviation emissions by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel available ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from June 11 to 13, 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower emissions (photo courtesy Neste).

Vitol Aviation’s expertise in the specialist handling of jet fuel will be combined with Neste’s market-leading SAF production capabilities. Neste MY SAF is produced 100 percent from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil (UCO) and animal fat.

We are delighted that Heathrow is the first UK major airport to successfully incorporate sustainable aviation fuels into its operation. As we get ready to welcome the world to the G7, we can demonstrate how this technology can significantly cut carbon from aviation, whilst protecting its benefits. The UK Government now has an opportunity to create a new British growth industry by backing sustainable aviation fuel production and also be leaders in the race to a net-zero 2050. Now is the time for less talk and more action and Ministers should follow in the examples of countries like the US and set a mandate that requires a minimum of 10 percent sustainable fuel use by airlines by 2030, rising to at least 50 percent by 2050, said John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow.

In its neat form and over the life cycle, Neste’s SAF reduces up to 80 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use as calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies including the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

We are continuously supporting the aviation industry in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are pleased that Vitol is enabling Neste MY SAF to be used at Heathrow, one of the leading global hub airports. We are also proud to play a role in lower-emission travel to the G7 conference, where sustainability will be one of the key topics, said Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation at Neste.

The fuel, which is blended upstream of the airport, will be incorporated into the airport’s main fuel supply from June 3, 2021, and made available for use across Heathrow flights over the following days.

Whilst the fuel supply may be comparatively small – equivalent to fuel up to 10 short-haul flights – it serves as proof of concept for more flights to be operated using SAF at the UK’s hub airport going forward.

Sustainability has always been important to us as a supplier and to airlines and their passengers. We are delighted to be the first to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Heathrow. Whilst this is proof of concept, it demonstrates how lower-emission options for flying are achievable. We are looking at how we can use our expertise to offer more sustainable options, said Leticia Hachuel, Vitol Aviation.

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