Shell has announced its ambition to produce around 2 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025.
It also aims to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030.
This follows the oil and gas company’s revelation that it is to build a 820,000-tonnes-a-year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park in Rotterdam.
“Currently, sustainable aviation fuel accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of aviation fuel. We want to help our customers use more SAF,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Shell Aviation. “With the right policies, investments and collaboration across the sector we can accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero by 2050.
“Last week we announced that we have taken a final investment decision for a new biofuels plant at our Rotterdam Energy and Chemicals Park. Shell also offers certified nature-based carbon credits to offset emissions, and we are exploring other ways to help aviation get to net zero, including hydrogen power.”
The announcement came as Shell published two reports looking at how the aviation sector can accelerate its progress towards decarbonisation.
Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take-off is a joint report by Shell and Deloitte, based on the views of more than 100 aviation industry executives and experts. It said that the current global industry targets were not ambitious enough, and that the aviation sector should aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The report outlines 15 ways to reduce emissions between now and 2030 that will help aviation to reach net zero by 2050.
Shell’s companion report Decarbonising Aviation: Shell’s Flight Path outlined how Shell, as one of the world’s largest suppliers of aviation fuel and lubricants, could help its aviation customers decarbonise.
Currently, Shell supplies SAF made by others. Achieving the new ambition would make Shell a leading global producer of SAF and support the decarbonisation of the aviation sector.
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