Two ITA Airways routes to be powered by SAF from Rome

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Rome Fiumicino Airport is increasing the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to its customers.
The Leonardo da Vinci airport became the first Italian airport to use SAF last year allowing ITA Airways to use its flights.
Now it will increase the distribution of SAF and ITA Airways will be able to use it on two routes (Rome-Venice and Rome-Barcelona) as part of its decarbonisation plans.
Around 3,000 tonnes of jet fuel  and Eni SAF came from the Eni refinery in Taranto to the port of Civitavecchia, where it was unloaded at the coastal depot of SODECO (part of the Ludoil Group), which directly supplies Rome Fiumicino Airport.
At present, the jet fuel and Eni SAF from the Taranto refinery is produced by feeding conventional plants with 0.5% UCO.
Eni is the second largest producer of HVO biofuels in Europe, thanks to its proprietary Ecofining™ technology, which also enables it to produce SAF.
Giuseppe Ricci, general manager of energy evolution at Eni, said: "Sustainable aviation biofuels are now the only solution available to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. We are increasing the collection of waste raw materials - such as cooking oils - and also collecting more agro-feedstocks, promoting the development of crops that do not compete with the food supply chain on marginal land, particularly in Africa.”
Francesco Presiccechief technology officer of ITA Airways, added: "This is a key step in the green transformation of the whole aviation eco-system, and more activities are in the pipeline for the future. The partnership between ITA Airways, Eni and ADR for the decarbonization of the skies, with the use of SAF produced and distributed in Italy, demonstrates that environmental sustainability and innovation are two key pillars of the company.”


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