European aerospace multinational Airbus and fuel provider LanzaJet have announced they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The MoU establishes a relationship between Airbus and sustainable fuels technology company LanzaJet to build SAF facilities that will use LanzaJet’s proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology.

According to the companies, the agreement also aims to accelerate the certification and adoption of 100% drop-in SAF, which would allow existing aircraft to fly with no fossil fuel.

“SAF is the best near-term solution to reducing aviation emissions and this collaboration between LanzaJet and Airbus is an important step forward in the fight against climate change and enabling the global energy transition,” said Jimmy Samartzis, CEO of LanzaJet.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Airbus and further growing our joint impact across the globe.”

US-based LanzaJet’s proprietary ATJ technology uses low-carbon ethanol to create SAF, which the company claims reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% compared to fossil fuels.

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The fuel produced through LanzaJet’s ATJ technology is an approved drop-in fuel compatible with existing aircraft and infrastructure.

“We are delighted to grow our partnership with LanzaJet, a leading company in the SAF production ecosystem. At Airbus we are committed to supporting SAF as a major lever in the reduction of CO2 emissions on the decarbonisation roadmap,” said Julie Kitcher, Airbus EVP of corporate affairs and sustainability.

“With LanzaJet as a trusted partner, we can support the acceleration of the Alcohol-to-Jet SAF production pathway at scale. This collaboration will also explore technological developments to enable Airbus aircraft to be capable of flying up to 100% SAF before the end of the decade.”

As well as working on the technical aspects and on concrete SAF projects, LanzaJet and Airbus will also “investigate business opportunities” with airlines and other stakeholders.