Boeing doubles SAF purchase, to buy 5.6mn gallons for 2023
EPIC Fuels, Signature Aviation and Avfuel to supply SAF blend produced by Neste
Boeing has agreements to purchase 5.6 million gallons (21.2 million litres) of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Neste, the world's leading SAF producer, to support its U.S. commercial operations through 2023.
These agreements more than double the company's SAF procurement from last year, says an official release.
"We are demonstrating our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and catalyse the SAF industry," says Sheila Remes, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Boeing. "This SAF procurement makes up 25 percent of Boeing's total jet fuel needs for last year including our production, delivery, Boeing ecoDemonstrator, and Dreamlifter flights, and we aim to increase that portion in the years to come."
The purchase agreements include supply of Neste MY SAF, which is blended with conventional jet fuel at a 30/70 ratio to produce the blended SAF. "Neste MY SAF is made from 100 percent renewable waste and residue raw materials such as cooking oil and animal fat waste, and meets strict sustainability criteria."
EPIC Fuels and Signature Aviation will provide 2.3 million gallons and Avfuel will supply 300,000 gallons of this blended SAF for the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight test programme and the company's commercial sites in Washington state and South Carolina, the release said. "Boeing is also purchasing an additional three million gallons of the same blended SAF from EPIC Fuels and Signature Aviation, generating emissions reduction credits for commercial deliveries, Dreamlifter and executive flights. These benefits are generated by a book-and-claim process that displaces petroleum jet fuel with SAF in fueling systems outside the company's fuel supply."
In 2021, Boeing committed to deliver its commercial airplanes capable and certified to fly on 100 percent SAF by 2030, the release said.