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Emirates to begin using sustainable aviation fuel on flights leaving Changi Airport

Douglas Toh
Douglas Toh • 2 min read
Emirates to begin using sustainable aviation fuel on flights leaving Changi Airport
The airline already operates flights on SAF from certain airports. Photo: Emirates
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United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier Emirates has begun using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of its fuel agreement with Finnish energy company, Neste, on flights departing from Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport integrating around 3.3 million litres of blended SAF into its fuelling system over the course of the past few weeks.

The SAF provided by Neste is produced from sustainably sourced and 100% renewable waste as well as residue raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste. 

The airline says the SAF used as part of this agreement can be safely used in existing Emirates aircraft and airport fuelling infrastructure and reduces lifecycle carbon emissions (CO2) by up to 80% compared to using conventional jet fuel.

Earlier this year, Emirates collaborated with Neste for the supply of 2.6 million litres of neat SAF in the fuelling systems of Amsterdam Schiphol airport, and the airline currently operates flights from Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris, Lyon and Oslo with SAF.

Adel Al Redha, deputy president and chief operations officer, Emirates says: “Emirates’ investment into Neste-produced SAF in Singapore marks a first step forward in our SAF adoption in Asia, a region that is primed to become a leading supplier of SAF, which continues to be in short supply. While the activation of this agreement marks a milestone in our SAF journey in a new region, there’s still a lot of work to do. And as we procure SAF for the short term, we’ve got our sights set on longer-term agreements to help scale up a steady supply of SAF for our operations.”

Alexander Kueper, vice president of the renewable aviation business at Neste, says: “We are excited Emirates has started using our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Changi Airport as the next step in our cooperation. It makes Emirates the first international visiting carrier using SAF at the airport produced at our Singapore refinery and supplied into the airport via our integrated supply chain. We are looking forward to continuing working together on scaling up the supply of SAF for Emirates’ operations.” 

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