Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
In North America, at the Summit of the Americas early June IATA, in cooperation with Boeing, hosted a roundtable on sustainable aviation with carriers from the region using 100,000 gallons of SAF departing from LAX. The OneWorld Alliance members will purchase up to 200 million gallons of SAF per year from 2027. Shell, Accenture, and American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) are jointly launching Avelia, one of the world’s first blockchain-powered digital SAF book-and-claim solutions for business travel. It’s the largest SAF book-and-claim pilot at launch, offering around 1 million gallons of SAF. United Airlines have become the first US airline to sign an agreement to purchase SAF out of Amsterdam’s Schipol airport. Hawaiian Airlines and Par Hawaii announced plans to join forces to study the commercial viability of locally-produced SAF. Southwest Airlines announced an investment into the SAFFiRE Renewables startup as part of a Department of Energy-backed project to develop and produce scalable SAF.
On the producer side, Fulcrum BioEnergy announced the completion of commissioning and the initial operations of its Sierra BioFuels Plant, the world’s first landfill waste to renewable transportation fuels plant. Aemetis meanwhile signed an offtake agreement with Alaska Airlines to supply 13 million gallons of SAF over seven years. In what's described as a "seminal moment" in the ongoing development and distribution of SAF, in a partnership between SAF producer Neste, Colonial Pipeline, Buckeye Partners, and Delta, the biggest pipeline owners in the US will transport SAF to LaGuardia airport for the first time.
In Panama, A team of energy industry companies led by SGP BioEnergy joined the Government of the country to announce the development of the world’s largest biofuels production and distribution hub.
In Asia Pacific, Singapore Airlines has started selling sustainable aviation fuel credits in July. Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines both flew their first flights using SAF. In Thailand, Bangchak have signed an MoU with Thanachok Oil Light to produce SAF locally. In Australia, The Qantas Group and Airbus will invest up to US$200 million to accelerate the establishment of a SAF industry in the country, in a landmark agreement.
In Europe, regional aircraft manufacturer ATR, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines and SAF supplier Neste collaborated to enable the first ever 100% SAF-powered test flight on a commercial regional aircraft. Also in Sweden, Swedish Biofuels and COWI have entered into a partnership to bring 400 000 tons of SAF to the Swedish market while SASOL ECOFT and Sweden’s Uniper have announced a partnership. Cargolux and long-term partner Bolloré Logistics have signed an agreement for the use of SAF in joint operations. Cepsa and Vueling signed an agreement to research and produce SAF. In the UK, KUEHNE + NAGEL partnered with IAG Cargo to reduce its supply chain emissions through the use of SAF. Imperial College London is establishing a groundbreaking research institute dedicated to developing clean, safe and sustainable air-travel. In Spain, Repsol and Iberia took another step in their alliance to reduce emissions in the airline industry with the first long-haul flights using biofuel produced in Spain from biological waste.
SkyTeam also launched The Sustainable Flight Challenge, about which airline can operate the most sustainable flight or generate the most significant innovation to further reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.
Paris airports operator Groupe ADP announced and agreement with energy technology firm Air Liquide in a joint venture to support development of hydrogen infrastructure for air transport. Airbus and industrial gases and engineering company Linde have partnered to develop hydrogen infrastructure at airports across the globe. The planemaker will also launch a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies at their Filton facility in the UK. ZeroAvia will collaborate with Shell as they unveil the first landside-to-airside hydrogen airport pipeline at ZeroAvia’s Cotswold Airport facilities. Rolls-Royce is entering the hydrogen production market and acquiring a majority stake in electrolysis stack specialist Hoeller Electrolyzer, whose innovative technology will form the basis of a new range of mtu electrolyzer product.
Airports and Infrastructure
Single Use Plastics
The topic of Single Use Plastics was widely discussed at IATA’s 78th AGM in Doha, you can access the recording here. At the same time, LATAM has committed to eliminating all single-use plastics on board its operations by 2023. Spanish airline Iberojet, has eliminated all single-use plastics from its in-flight service. The company will replace these items by others made of compostable and reusable materials. To address plastic pollution, Hawaiian Airlines is committing to replacing 50% of SUPs from in-flight service items with sustainable alternatives by 2025 and 100% by 2029.