SAF delivered to New York using existing petroleum pipelines

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Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has been safely delivered to New York’s LaGuardia Airport through the Colonial and Buckeye pipeline systems – two essential pieces of American energy infrastructure.
The low-emission jet fuel will power a Delta Air Lines flight, marking a seminal moment in the ongoing development and distribution of SAF in the US.
“SAF is the most effective tool we have to decarbonize our industry,” said Pamela Fletcher, Delta’s chief sustainability officer.
“These efforts show how existing infrastructure can be used to transport SAF to East Coast airports and drive down emissions – a critical step as we move toward a more sustainable future for air travel.”
This partnership between Delta, Neste, Colonial Pipeline and Buckeye Partners demonstrates the long-term viability of SAF and the airline industry’s journey towards net zero.
The milestone delivery and flight is supported by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the first US transportation agency to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement and a champion for accelerating the use of sustainable fuels.
“Increasing and accelerating the use of sustainable aviation fuel is a key strategic element if we are to decarbonise air travel, and the Port Authority is committed to supporting our airline partners in this transition,” said Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton. “If we are to achieve a net-zero future, it is imperative that we collectively take action to enable a transition to sustainable aviation fuel.”
Neste completed the final processing steps of its Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ at a Texas refinery that previously produced chemicals. The fuel was loaded into Colonial Pipeline and transported nearly 1,500 miles across 11 states to New Jersey before entering the Buckeye Pipeline and sent on to LaGuardia.

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