UK-based airline carrier British Airways (BA) has entered a multi-year sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement with energy manufacturing and logistics firm Phillips 66.

With this agreement, BA has become the first airline globally to utilise SAF produced in the UK.

Beginning in early 2022, Phillips 66 will supply SAF to BA from its Humber Refinery near Immingham to power BA flights.

Setting a target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, BA will procure SAF with an aim to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 100,000t.

British Airways chairman and chief executive Sean Doyle said: “This agreement marks another important step on our journey to net-zero carbon emissions and forms part of our commitment as part of International Airlines Group to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030.

“We are excited to develop our relationship with Phillips 66 Limited further with a view to growing production capacity and using a wider range of sustainable waste feedstocks to supply our future flights.

“The development of sustainable aviation fuel is a major focus for us and forms part of our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives.”

The agreement between the two companies is expected to support their commitments to a lower-carbon future.

Phillips 66 Humber Refinery is said to be the first in the country to produce SAF at such a huge scale and will deliver the green fuel to BA through a pipeline infrastructure feeding directly into UK airports.

Humber Refinery general manager Darren Cunningham: “The Humber Refinery was the first in the UK to co-process waste oils to produce renewable fuels and now we will be the first to produce SAF at scale and we are delighted British Airways is our first UK customer.

“We’re currently refining almost half a million litres of sustainable waste feedstocks a day and this is just a start. Markets for lower-carbon products are growing and this agreement demonstrates our ability to supply them.”

In September, BA ran its first passenger flight between Heathrow (LHR) and Glasgow (GLA) airports using SAF.