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OMV and Austrian Airlines take off with SAF

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OMV and Austrian Airlines (AUA) have begun producing and using regional sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Austria.
The two companies have agreed on the production and fuelling of 1,500 metric tonnes of SAF in the coming year.
The sustainable fuel is produced at the OMV Schwechat Refinery by co-processing Austrian used cooking oil in the fuel production process.
This approach makes the entire production chain as regional as possible and keeps transport routes to a minimum.
With the direct pipeline connection to the Vienna International Airport, SAF will be available for fuelling Austrian Airlines aircraft from March.
The use of 1,500 metric tonnes of SAF by Austrian Airlines will save around 3,750 metric tonnes of CO2.
Alfred Stern, CEO and chairman of the executive board of OMV Aktiengesellschaft: “Sustainable Aviation Fuels are a key technology for a lower-carbon aviation industry. They represent a readily available, easily applicable way of reducing emissions and are equivalent to conventional fuels in terms of quality and performance. We are very serious about our role in the energy transition and will continue to work on reducing the CO2 intensity of our portfolio in the future.”
Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of Austrian Airlines, added: “Air travel needs to become more climate friendly and sustainable fuels play the key role. We are proud to become the first Austrian airline to use these fuels in our flight operations - not only for climate protection, but also to strengthen Austria as a business location. I am pleased that we have taken the first step together with our partner OMV. Now, the task is to work with policymakers towards a location-based initiative to meet the EU blending mandates from 2025 onwards and hopefully even surpass them.”