Cepsa and Vueling have signed an agreement to accelerate the decarbonisation of air transport by researching and producing sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
Both companies prioritise the development of these sustainable fuels as a tool to further reduce the carbon footprint of air transport and contribute to the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the fight against climate change.
These fuels will be produced from circular raw materials that do not compete with food resources, such as used cooking oils, non-food animal waste or biodegradable waste from various industries, and will make it possible to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional kerosene.
The partnership will also work on the development of new energy alternatives such as renewable hydrogen and the electrification of Vueling’s ground fleets, which include supply vehicles, baggage loading and unloading operations and aircraft assistance.
Marco Sansavini, CEO of Vueling, said: "Vueling is fully committed to the environment. We are part of IAG, which, in October 2019, became the first airline group in the world to make a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions through its Flight Path Net Zero programme. This collaboration with Cepsa reinforces the collective work that we must all do to find a viable and sustainable solution for air transport, a key industry in a country where 80% of tourists travel by plane."
This agreement is in line with the European Commission's Fit for 55 package, which includes a legislative initiative called 'RefuelEU Aviation’ that aims to boost the supply and demand of aviation biofuels in the European Union to 2% use by 2025, 5% by 2030 and 63% by 2050.
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