With an aim to help reduce carbon emissions, ExxonMobil has supplied the first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Singapore’s Changi Airport.

The delivery has been made as part of a one-year pilot initiative that seeks to examine the use of SAF in Singapore, reported Reuters.

It contains a mixture of refined jet fuel produced at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore and undiluted SAF provided by Neste.

The clean fuel will be used to power flights operated by Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

The delivery follows an arrangement reached between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Temasek and ExxonMobil in February.

As part of the arrangement, ExxonMobil was selected to supply SAF under the pilot programme.

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In a statement released in February, ExxonMobil said that the use of the clean fuel during the one-year pilot period is set to lower approximately 2,500t of carbon dioxide emissions.

ExxonMobil Asia-Pacific chairman and managing director Geraldine Chin said at the time: “Our well-established infrastructure and logistics capabilities allow us to supply jet fuel blended with Neste’s SAF at Changi Airport.

“We are leveraging our resources, technology and capabilities to deliver more renewable fuels to help customers reduce their emissions.”

ExxonMobil aims to supply more than 40,000 barrels a day of sustainable fuels, including SAF, by 2025. The company’s plans include delivering another 200,000 barrels a day by 2030.

The use of sustainable fuels is expected to rise amid the decarbonisation push in the transportation industry, which includes aviation.

Last month, ExxonMobil introduced a new technology to produce SAF from renewable methanol.

With the new technology, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities engineered to produce SAF from bio feeds, which include vegetable oil, used cooking oils and animal fats.