We have made significant progress in reducing our carbon emissions by modernising our fleet. But that can't take us all the way to net zero carbon flying and needs us to use other routes, such as fuels and carbon reductions and other offsets.

 

That’s why we’re investing in sustainable aviation fuels (known as SAF). These fuels are produced using a range of sustainable feedstocks - ranging from used cooking oil, non-food crops, biomass waste and industrial waste gasses from processes such as steel making.  

 

They are proven to safely and effectively power aircraft, potentially reducing lifecycle carbon emissions by 75% or more, in comparison to fossil fuel-based typical aviation fuel.

 

- Since 2011, over 365,000 commercial flights have been powered using SAF within the industry

 

- It is estimated that around 200mt of SAF could be produced through traditional pathways annually

 

- By 2050, synthetic SAF, made using hydrogen from low emission sources and CO₂ captured from industrial processes or from the air, could account for 30–40% of the emissions reductions from aviation

 

- An estimated investment of around $1 - $1.45trn is required globally in order to produce sufficient quantities of SAF to achieve the climate targets of the aviation industry.

The story so far

 

🏆  We have helped pioneer the commercialisation of SAF in partnership with technology innovator LanzaTech since 2011, including the world's first use of SAF on a commercial flight in 2018 from Orlando to London Gatwick.

🏆  We have been vocal in our call for government and industry to work together to accelerate the development of a UK SAF industry, and to support companies looking to help develop the technology necessary to deliver a cleaner, quieter, smarter future for our industry.

🏆  We are signatories to UK Sustainable Aviation & the Clean Skies for Tomorrow, whose members have made some of the most ambitious commitments to rapid decarbonisation, and we are a founder member of the UK’s Jet Zero Council, working with government to encourage a regulatory environment which will allow SAF producers to flourish.

 

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Our plans to increase our use of SAF

 

💚  We will start to use SAF as soon as it becomes readily available and have committed to use SAF for 10% of our fuel consumption by 2030.

💚  We have been working with LanzaTech and with other industry partners such as Carbon Engineering and Storegga to help deliver one of the very first SAF production plants in the UK, planned to be located in Port Talbot, together with innovative low carbon feedstock to turn into SAF.

💚  We will also secure contracts for other sources of SAF over the coming years to help us deliver on our commitment to decarbonise our flying for the good of our the planet, our people, customers and the communities in which we operate.