GS Paper - 3 (Energy)

British Airways will become the first airline to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced on a commercial scale in the UK after signing a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 Limited. SAF will be supplied to British Airways to power a number of its flights from early 2022.

What

  1. SAF is a lower carbon-intensity fuel that can be produced from renewable feedstocks such as waste vegetable oils, fats and greases.
  2. The supply agreement between British Airways and Phillips 66 Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of diversified energy manufacturing and Logistics Company Phillips 66, advances both companies' commitments to a lower-carbon future.
  3. The airline, which is driving to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, will purchase enough sustainable fuel to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions.
  4. The SAF will be produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the Humber Refinery, which will deliver its SAF supply to British Airways via existing pipeline infrastructure that feeds directly into UK airports.
  5. This agreement marks another important step on our journey to net zero carbon emissions and forms part of our commitment, as part of International Airlines Group, to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030.

Flashback

  1. SAF is a lower carbon-intensity fuel that can be produced from renewable feedstocks such as waste vegetable oils, fats and greases.
  2. It is a drop-in fuel when either blended with traditional jet fuel or co-processed alongside traditional refinery feedstocks.
  3. It can be used in existing aircraft engines and airport fuel infrastructure, reducing lifecycle carbon emissions by more than 80% compared with traditional fossil fuels.