Emirates Advances Sustainability with New SAF Initiative at London Heathrow

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 17, 2024 03:30 AMNews
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An Emirates A380 in flight, now part of the sustainable aviation initiative with the introduction of SAF at London Heathrow Airport. Source: unsplash

In a significant move towards sustainable aviation, Emirates has begun using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at London Heathrow Airport, marking its largest SAF procurement to date. The initiative, supported by Shell Aviation, will provide over 3,000 metric tonnes of SAF blended with conventional jet fuel through the airport's fuelling infrastructure until the end of summer 2024.

This development is part of Emirates' participation in the Heathrow SAF Incentive Programme, which aims to make SAF more affordable and accessible for airlines. The programme is a pivotal step in accelerating the adoption of cleaner fuel options in the aviation sector, reflecting a growing industry trend towards environmental responsibility.

The use of SAF is expected to significantly reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuels. Emirates is committed to meticulous accounting, tracking, and tracing of SAF delivery at Heathrow, ensuring transparency in its sustainability practices. This initiative not only supports Emirates' environmental goals but also aligns with broader global efforts to combat climate change.

Leaders from Emirates, Shell Aviation, and Heathrow have expressed enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing its importance for the future of sustainable air travel and the potential for similar initiatives worldwide. The involvement of such major stakeholders underscores the critical role of collaborative efforts in advancing sustainability in aviation.

As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing emissions, Emirates continues to explore more efficient operational practices and expand the use of SAF across its network. The airline's proactive approach at Heathrow is expected to serve as a model for its operations globally, highlighting its dedication to environmental stewardship as it enhances its operational sustainability.

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