San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US is set to cut down carbon emissions with Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel as part of its efforts towards net-zero carbon.

Neste has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel, named Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel, to the airport using the existing multi-product pipeline infrastructure.

It will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions.

Sustainable aviation fuel is said to be a low-emission alternative to fossil jet fuel and works exactly the same way.

The initiative follows SFO’s ‘triple zero’ goal to attain zero net carbon, as well as zero net energy and zero landfill waste.

It is also expected to help airlines to achieve their own sustainability goals, the airport noted.

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SFO Airport director Ivar Satero said: “This is a major milestone in our goal to achieve carbon neutrality, by making SFO a hub for the use of sustainable aviation fuel.

“By focusing on the entire supply chain process, achievements like this one have the power to transform the landscape of our entire industry. I am grateful for our partnership with Neste to make this climate quantum leap a reality.”

In 2018, SFO and a group of eight airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with fuel producers, including Neste, to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuel at SFO.

Under this agreement, Neste is the first to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to SFO.

Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure without any additional investment and is claimed to be made from sustainably sourced, 100% renewable waste and residue materials.

Neste North America Renewable Aviation vice-president Chris Cooper said: “This is a clear signal to anyone wondering what the future of air travel is: it will be low-emission, it will be sustainable, and it will be powered by sustainable aviation fuel.

“This milestone shows that Neste is ready to play its part to help the aviation industry plan for and create a sustainable future where we can keep these people flying with a much, much smaller carbon footprint.”