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Emirates Takes Off with Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Singapore

The airline is using SAF on some flights from Singapore.

An Emirates A380 arriving in London. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Emirates has begun using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its operations at Singapore Changi Airport, marking a significant step towards greener skies. This marks the company’s first investment in SAF within Asia, a region with significant potential to become a leading supplier of this crucial fuel source.

The agreement with Neste, a renewable fuels company, has seen roughly 3.3 million liters of blended SAF integrated into the Changi Airport fueling system over the past few weeks. Emirates meticulously tracks SAF deliveries and assigns its environmental benefits based on established industry methods.

Earlier this year, Emirates partnered with Neste to introduce 2.6 million liters of neat SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Unlike blended fuel, neat SAF reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel. It’s produced from 100% renewable sources like used cooking oil and animal fat waste, ensuring sustainability throughout the process.

“This investment in Neste-produced SAF in Singapore represents a crucial first step for our adoption of SAF in Asia,” said Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Deputy President and Chief Operations Officer. “The region is poised to become a major SAF supplier, and while this agreement signifies a milestone, we recognize the long road ahead. We’ve begun securing short-term supplies while pursuing longer-term agreements to guarantee a steady flow of SAF for our operations.”

Neste’s Vice President of Renewable Aviation Business, Alexander Kueper, echoed this sentiment. “We’re thrilled Emirates has chosen to utilize our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Changi Airport,” he stated. “This makes them the first international carrier to leverage SAF produced at our Singapore refinery and supplied through our integrated supply chain. We look forward to collaborating further to expand SAF availability for Emirates’ flights.”

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Sustainable Aviation

The airline’s comprehensive SAF strategy focuses on several key areas. The company explores opportunities to utilize SAF operationally across its network, shares potential emissions reductions with corporate clients and freight forwarders, collaborates on long-term SAF projects with partners, and actively supports SAF ventures within the UAE that could supply sustainable fuel directly to their Dubai hub in the future.

Emirates uses SAF in flights departing from Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris, Lyon, and Oslo. Additionally, the carrier integrated SAF into its Dubai hub’s fueling systems late in 2023. Notably, Emirates became the world’s first airline to conduct successful demonstration flights in 2023, utilizing 100% SAF in one engine on both a Boeing 777 and an A380.

Tolga Karadeniz

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    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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