Emirates Expands SAF Supply with Neste

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Emirates and Neste are deepening their collaborative efforts, marking a significant milestone in their sustainable partnership.

Together, they plan to provide more than 3 million gallons of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel during the years 2024 and 2025.

This sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), when mixed with traditional jet fuel, will be furnished for Emirates' flights departing from Amsterdam Schiphol and Singapore Changi airports.

This expansion of Emirates' collaboration with Neste is a remarkable achievement, representing the largest volume of SAF to be uplifted by any airline based in the Middle East and Africa to date.

The blended SAF will consist of over one million gallons of neat SAF, effectively comprising a blend ratio of more than 30% neat SAF combined with conventional Jet A-1 fuel.

Moreover, before the conclusion of this year, Emirates is set to uplift SAF from its Dubai hub for the first time. SAF plays a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions associated with air travel, with potential reductions of up to 80% over the fuel's life cycle when compared to using conventional jet fuel.

Sir Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airline, expressed his enthusiasm about this development, stating, "Today's announcement is a significant milestone for Emirates and reflects our commitment to accelerating SAF procurement for our operations.

"It's one of the many initiatives we're pursuing to curtail our carbon emissions, encompassing the operation of fuel-efficient aircraft, the forthcoming fleet renewal starting in 2024, and enhanced operational fuel efficiency.

"Our ongoing partnership with Neste underscores our active engagement and support of the rapidly evolving SAF industry. We hope that the robust demand from Emirates and other airlines will catalyse the scaling up of SAF and other emerging clean propulsion technologies."

Alexander Kueper, Vice President EMEA at Neste's Renewable Aviation business unit, shared his perspective on the matter: "Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. We take pride in expanding our existing cooperation with Emirates into 2024 as we ramp up our global SAF production. This move aligns with our commitment to support Emirates in their mission to reduce emissions by providing our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel."

Earlier this year, Emirates, in collaboration with Neste and other industry stakeholders, achieved a remarkable feat by conducting the region's first 100% SAF-powered demonstration flight.

This demonstration involved a Boeing 777-300ER running entirely on SAF in one of its engines. The airline has been making substantial progress alongside industry partners concerning the technical analysis and certification requirements essential for standardising and gaining future approval for 100% SAF-powered flights.

Emirates' journey with SAF dates back to 2017 when it conducted its first flight powered by SAF blended with jet fuel, originating from Chicago. Since then, the airline has continued to uplift SAF for flights departing from Stockholm and currently operates flights from Paris, Lyon, and Oslo utilising blended SAF.

Notably, Emirates has been a strong advocate for various industry and UAE government working groups, actively engaging in discussions with a wide array of stakeholders to facilitate the scaling of SAF production and supply.

The airline has also played a pivotal role in the development of the UAE's ambitious power-to-liquid (PtL) fuels roadmap, a project driven by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the World Economic Forum.

Furthermore, Emirates has made significant contributions to the UAE's National Sustainable Aviation Fuel Roadmap, launched in January 2023 by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and GCAA.

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