Members of the oneworld Alliance intend to purchase more than 350 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable fuels company Aemetis.
This is for their operations at San Francisco International Airport further signifying the alliance’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Once finalised, the agreements will cover the delivery of SAF over a seven-year term beginning in 2024.
oneworld members include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways.
The SAF will be produced at the Aemetis Carbon Zero plant currently under development in Riverbank, California.
The facility will use waste wood to produce cellulosic hydrogen, which is then combined with wastes and non-edible sustainable oils and zero carbon intensity hydroelectric electricity to produce sustainable aviation fuel.
oneworld chairman and Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Our alliance is standing together with the industry in supporting the transition to net-zero.
“As SAF will play an important role in meeting aviation’s decarbonisation targets, we are proud to establish another milestone and drive the SAF use at commercial scale. We encourage all stakeholders to support our industry efforts to ensure the affordability and availability of SAF that meets the sustainability criteria as recognised by ICAO.”
oneworld CEO Rob Gurney added: “This announcement for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel continues to demonstrate what we can achieve together as an alliance and underlines the importance of collaboration in the important work to advance environmental sustainability. This latest milestone signals our commitment in driving forward momentum for the development of sustainable aviation fuel, which is crucial in reducing carbon emissions in the aviation sector.”
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