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Neste first to supply SAF via pipeline to San Francisco International Airport

In the United States (US), Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, has announced that it has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via pipeline, where it will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions. 

Neste has supplied its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California (CA) via the existing multi-fuel pipeline, making it the first renewable fuel producer to do so (photo courtesy SFO).

According to Neste, it is the first company to deliver sustainable aviation fuel, under its brand name Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel, to SFO using existing multi-product pipeline infrastructure. The same pipelines are originally designed to carry fossil fuels and other oil products.

This is a major milestone in our goal to make San Francisco International Airport a hub for the use of sustainable aviation fuel in our pursuit of carbon neutrality. By focusing on the entire supply chain process, achievements like this one have the power to transform the landscape of our entire industry. I am grateful for our partnership with Neste to make this climate quantum leap a reality, said Ivar C. Satero SFO Airport Director.

In 2018, SFO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Neste and a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to expand the use of SAF at the airport. The agreement was the first of its kind to include fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies in a collaborative effort to accelerate the global transition to SAF. The deal is part of SFO’s five-year strategic plan of becoming a “triple zero” campus, achieving not just carbon neutrality but also net-zero energy and zero waste.

The aviation industry is essential for global business, generating growth, and facilitating economic recovery. But if we are to address aviation-related emissions, we need to utilize all the available solutions. We are extremely happy to have partnered with San Francisco International Airport, a forerunner with a concrete emission reduction strategy, to address climate change and support them in achieving those climate targets, said Thorsten Lange, EVP for Renewable Aviation at Neste.

Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, requiring no extra investment. It is made from sustainably sourced, 100 percent renewable waste and residue materials, like used cooking oil (UCO) or animal fats.

Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is a sustainable aviation fuel that in neat form and over the lifecycle reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions up to 80 percent compared to fossil jet fuel. It can be easily delivered in a multi-product pipeline, which should become a standard process in the future, said Thorsten Lange.

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