Lufthansa Group and Shell to cooperate on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply
The Lufthansa Group and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at airports around the world.
The two companies plan to sign a contract for a total supply volume of up to 1.8 million tons of SAF between 2024 and 2030.
Lufthansa said the cooperation would enable it to promote “the availability, market uptake and use of SAF as an essential element for a CO2-neutral future of aviation”, while the agreement builds on Shell’s targets to have at least ten percent of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030.
The Lufthansa Group said that the current generation of SAF – mainly produced from biogenic residues – saves 80% CO2 compared to conventional kerosene.
It targets a halving of net CO2 emissions (compared to 2019) by 2030 and a neutral CO2 balance across the entire group by 2050.
In recent years, the group has conducted research on power-to-liquid and sun-to-liquid future technologies, including being a partner and pilot customer of the world’s first power-to-liquid aviation fuel production plant. liquid.
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It is also working to accelerate the launch of aircraft fuel derived from sunlight, water and CO2 extracted from the atmosphere, with its subsidiary Swiss set to be world’s first airline to use ‘sun to liquid’ fuel.
Earlier this year, Lufthansa also started testing a new service allowing passengers to offset the CO2 emissions of their journey via the in-flight entertainment system.