Shell in deal to increase supply of sustainable aviation fuel

Shell Aviation has announced a collaboration with World Energy to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), including the supply of SAF to Lufthansa Group at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The supply will reduce Lufthansa’s carbon emissions on intercontinental flights on three routes operated by Deutsche Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines from SFO to Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

Up to one million gallons of SAF will be supplied to Lufthansa over the duration of the deal - the largest contracted SAF volume to be delivered to SFO since the airport announced its ambition to expand the use of SAF in its operations last year.

Thorsten Luft, VP, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The Lufthansa Group takes its responsibility for the environment very seriously and has already taken many initiatives to reduce the CO2 emissions of its aircraft. We have a long history of testing and supporting the development of sustainable aviation fuel and are proud to be introducing it to our daily operations at San Francisco. This is just one of many initiatives to provide our passengers with lower carbon travel when they choose to fly.”

The SAF will be produced by World Energy at its refinery in Paramount, California, from a feedstock of agricultural waste fats and oils, and blended with conventional jet fuel at a ratio of up to 30 per cent. Generally, lifecycle carbon emissions from SAF can be at least 80 per cent lower than conventional jet fuel – taking into account the emissions from production.

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