TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM Sign 10-Year Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM for the delivery of more than one million cubic metres or 800,000 tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by TotalEnergies to Air France-KLM Group airlines over a ten-year period beginning in 2023. This delivery will begin in 2023.
This sustainable aviation fuel will be produced by TotalEnergies at its biorefineries. It will be available to the airlines in the Air France-KLM Group, mostly for flights leaving from France (as required by French law) and the Netherlands.
When compared to their fossil counterparts, the sustainable aviation fuels made by TotalEnergies cut CO2 emissions by at least 80% over their whole lifecycle.
Air France-KLM has implemented a strict sourcing policy and is committed to purchasing only SAFs that do not compete with human food or animal feed, that are RSB or ISCC certified for sustainability, and that are not derived from palm oil.
With the signing of this MoU, Air France-KLM and TotalEnergies confirm that they will work together, and their goal is to help the aviation industry become more responsible.
Air France-KLM Group and TotalEnergies have been collaborating on the use of sustainable aviation fuel for nearly 10 years. In 2014, they started working together with "Lab Line for the Future," a two-year experiment in which 10% SAF from TotalEnergies was used to power 78 flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse and between Paris-Orly and Nice.
Air France, TotalEnergies, Safran, and Suez all took part in the Call for Expression of Interest that the French government put out in January 2020. The goal of the Call was to develop sustainable aviation fuel production in France.
“Biofuel development is one of our company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM shows how well the French industry and aerospace work together to make the aviation industry more environmentally friendly. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers, we are actively working with them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.
"Air France-KLM is fully committed to improving SAF production in Europe and around the world. This agreement with TotalEnergies is another step toward making sure that French production can meet airline needs. It is also a major step toward decarbonising our business successfully. We continue to step up our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible, and we look forward to working with TotalEnergies to accelerate our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible,” said Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM.