This development, which is a collaboration between Q8Aviation, easyJet, Gatwick Airport and Neste, signifies the first time a departing flight at Gatwick has utilised sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), along with the first usage by any easyJet service.
Q8Aviation delivered the fuel through the airport’s hydrant system.
A drop-in fuel was created by blending Neste-produced SAF and Jet A-1 fuel at a depot upstream of Gatwick Airport.
This blended fuel is suited for current aircraft engines and the airport infrastructure, without needing additional investment.
Under this project, around 42 easyJet flights will be fuelled by a 30% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel blend.
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Of these 42 flights, 39 easyJet flights will fly from Gatwick to Glasgow during the COP26 Climate Change Conference.
This initiative is expected to minimise greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 tonnes.
Neste’s fully certified sustainable aviation fuel is generated from 100% renewable, sustainable waste and residue raw materials, including animal fat waste and used cooking oil.
Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its pure form and over its life cycle, is said to have the ability to cut down up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil jet fuel.
Gatwick Airport planning and sustainability corporate affairs director Tim Norwood said: “SAF is one of several ways that UK aviation and Gatwick will reach net zero carbon by 2050, alongside carbon offsets, airspace modernisation and continued innovation in aerospace technology, including electric, hydrogen and hybrid aircraft systems.
“With smart Government policy to underpin investment in cost-competitive UK SAF production, many more flights could be using the UK-produced SAF by the mid-2020s. Sustainable Aviation’s decarbonisation roadmap and interim goals set out clear milestones and we’re ready to play our part at Gatwick, through implementing the roadmap’s first decade milestones and by keeping the roadmap updated to incorporate additional technology solutions for the 2030s.”
Last month, banks granted Gatwick Airport a temporary reprieve over its debt condition, after being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.