Manged by the French airport operator, VINCI Airports, Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is the first French airport to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its users. The SAF is being supplied by Air bp.
The airport’s first SAF fuelling took place on 19 April when Air bp customer, Michelin Air Services, uplifted the fuel. Michelin will be supplied according to agreed commitments for ongoing supply at the airport with all its volume supplied as the SAF blend. This demand from Michelin means that approximately 30% of the airport’s total volume will be supplied as this SAF blend.
Other customers are also encouraged to come forward and work together with the airport and fuel supplier to establish an agreement for the supply of SAF. The SAF supplied by Air bp is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.
The supply of SAF is one of the key items on VINCI Airports’ environmental commitment to decarbonising aviation, as they can be implemented easily, while other technological innovations, such as hydrogen-powered aircraft are still being developed.
“Sustainable biofuels are a short-term solution to decarbonise aviation, and are an integral part of the ambitious environmental strategy we have been pursuing since 2015 to reduce our carbon footprint and engage our stakeholders in the same movement,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports.
Highlighting the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF, Corine Brunet, CEO Michelin Air Services said: “With Air bp, Michelin Air Services has found a partner that listens, makes proposals and is efficient in its implementation of this shared approach to seeking lower carbon options in the aviation sector.”
Meanwhile, Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp, said: “We are excited to see our first ongoing SAF supply in France. Air bp is a strong facilitator in the supply of SAF and recently announced a number of agreements in the UK. This underlines bp’s commitment to working with stakeholders to explore its viable sale and purchase, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions and supports bp’s net zero ambition.”
The supply of SAF at Clermont Ferrand follows the ongoing supply of SAF at three UK locations in the last month: London Biggin Hill, Airbus-owned Hawarden Airport in North Wales and Centreline FBO in Bristol.