Franco-Dutch airline holding company Air France-KLM Group (AF-KLM) has further expanded its partnership with Finnish oil refining firm Neste for the delivery of more than one million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The agreement is claimed to be one of the largest of its kind in the sector, under which Neste will supply MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (MY SAF) to the group for eight years, beginning in 2023.
It supports the airline group’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry.
AF-KLM’s decarbonisation plan targets 10% SAF consumption by 2030, fleet renewal and eco-piloting.
Neste president and CEO Matti Lehmus said: “Neste is fully committed to helping the aviation industry achieve its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target, and sustainable aviation fuel will play a central role in that effort.
“Today’s announcement, which marks a significant next step forward in our cooperation with Air France-KLM Group, underscores how we continue to support companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”
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Neste MY SAF is made using renewable waste and residue raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste.
The Finnish firm said that the latest agreement builds on the SAF alliance that started in 2019.
KLM is said to be one of the first air carriers to use Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
Neste Renewable Aviation executive vice-president Thorsten Lange said: “This long-term collaboration with Air France-KLM shows how we are working together in a number of areas.
“By the end of next year, Neste will have an annual SAF production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, ready to support the Air France-KLM Group and other airlines in Europe and across the globe.”