Sourcing Renewables - March 31, 2022
British Airways Powers Flights With SAF
British Airways received its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel produced by Phillips 66 Limited, making it the first airline in the world to start using SAF produced on a commercial scale in the UK.
The Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham is producing thousands of tons of SAF that will now power a number of British Airways flights. The SAF is produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the refinery and British Airways will add it to the existing pipeline infrastructure that directly feeds several UK airports including London Heathrow.
The sustainable aviation fuel bought by the airline will be enough to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by almost 100,000 tons, enough to power 700 net zero CO2 emissions flights between London and New York on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft.
International Airlines Group (IAG), the airline’s parent company, is investing $400 million over the next 20 years into the development of SAF and British Airways has existing partnerships with several companies to develop plants and purchase sustainable fuel.
“Being the first airline to source sustainable aviation fuel produced at commercial scale in the UK is another breakthrough moment for us and the airline industry,” said Sean Doyle, British Airways Chairman and CEO in a statement. “Our supplies of SAF from Phillips 66 Limited will allow us to progress with our ambitious roadmap to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner and will play a role in our commitment, as part of International Airlines Group (IAG), to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030.