Shell and Lufthansa agree on SAF collaboration

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Lufthansa Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell to explore a supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at airports around the world. The agreement could see the SAF supply reach up to 594 million gallons in total from 2024 until 2030. The agreement could mark one of the most significant collaborations for SAF in the aviation sector and Shell’s largest SAF commitment to date.

The potential SAF to be supplied by Shell will be produced by up to four different approved technology pathways and a broad range of sustainable feedstocks.

Jan Toschka, President Shell Aviation, commented: “It is encouraging to see large flagship carriers coming to us to discuss SAF supply deals, knowing there will be a lot of things to be defined and determined at a later stage, including established price markers. SAF is the most significant way to decarbonise aviation over the decades to come. Our relationship goes beyond commercial arrangements – it is strategic and aligned regarding the view that SAF holds the key to achieving a sustainable aviation future. The potential SAF purchase agreement contemplated under the MoU, by its anticipated volume size, term period and geographic scope, is expected to be a milestone if concluded and shows the way forward for decarbonisation in the aviation industry.”

Katja Kleffman, Head of Fuel Management Supply Lufthansa Group added: “As an industry we have to work jointly towards making flying more sustainable and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Shell is very experienced with the global handling of Jet fuel and that is one key element for our trust for smooth operations of SAF, too.”

The agreement is part of Shell’s ambition to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030 and on the Lufthansa Group’s ambition to drive the availability, the market ramp-up and the use of SAF as a core element of its sustainability strategy.


Cotswold Airport welcomes ZeroAvia’s hydrogen pipeline project

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A leader in zero-emission aviation, ZeroAvia has collaborated with aviation fuel giant Shell, to unveil Europe’s first landside-to-airside hydrogen airport pipeline.

Running alongside ZeroAvia’s hangar at Cotswold Airport in the UK, the 100-m long hydrogen pipeline signals a huge step for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at airports and for the aviation industry. ZeroAvia will use it alongside an electrolyser  and mobile refueller to develop hydrogen-electric fuel cells . The pipeline will help ZeroAvia demonstrate and explore the operational safety case for hydrogen pipelines and refuelling infrastructure at airports.

ZeroAvia’s zero-emission powertrains use hydrogen fuel in a fuel cell to create a chemical reaction which produces electricity. That electricity then powers electric motors that spin the propellers, while producing no emissions other than water.

The UK Government’s Department for Transport and the Connected Places Catapult as part of the Zero Emissions Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) programme provided support for the pipeline, as part of their mission to enable airports and airfields to prepare for the future of zero-emission flight operations.

Shell and ZeroAvia have also agreed to develop a compressed, low-carbon hydrogen supply for ZeroAvia’s California facilities and power flight testing. As part of the agreement, Shell will design and build two commercial-scale mobile refuellers for use at ZeroAvia’s research and development site in Hollister, California. The fuel supplier will also provide a compressed low-carbon hydrogen supply to ZeroAvia’s facility and other locations in the Western US.  As well as supporting the development of ZeroAvia’s testing programme in the US, the strategic collaboration will also advance the company’s Hydrogen Airport Refuelling Ecosystem (HARE) on a larger scale.

“Shell recognises the aviation sector has unique challenges in decarbonisation and needs practical and scalable net-zero solutions,” commented Oliver Bishop, General Manager, Hydrogen at Shell. “We believe ZeroAvia’s technology is a viable option, and this agreement will allow us to demonstrate successful provision of low-carbon hydrogen supply while supporting development of codes, standards, and refuelling protocols for hydrogen-powered aviation.”

ZeroAvia will begin flight-testing its ZA600 hydrogen-electric powertrain this summer using its two Dornier-228 testbed aircraft, initially in the UK before replicating the work on the US-based demonstrator at a later date. And earlier this year ZeroAvia announced its partnership with ZEV Station to develop hydrogen hubs at airports throughout California.

“These milestone announcements represent significant hydrogen infrastructure advancement for ZeroAvia and the industry,” said Arnab Chatterjee, VP Infrastructure, ZeroAvia. “Hydrogen-electric aviation is the only practical, holistic and economically attractive solution to aviation’s growing climate change impact. Fuel provision needs to be economical and convenient for airlines to achieve operational cost benefits and ZeroAvia is leading these pioneering infrastructure developments together with leading partners like Shell.”

Shell marks milestone as first to supply SAF to customers in Singapore

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Shell has upgraded its facility in Singapore to enable the blending of SAF and making it the first supplier of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to customers in Singapore.

Having a blending facility in the region enables a more efficient operation by moving neat SAF in bulk from production sources to the blending facility and then delivering blended SAF parcels to where it is needed.

Made from waste products and sustainable feedstocks, the SAF supplied is blended with conventional jet fuel and is being supplied by Shell Aviation as part of its SAF supply agreement with Neste. The first batch of SAF has been blended in Europe and aims to test and verify the supply chain for SAF that Shell has established in Asia. Subsequent batches will be blended at the fuel provider’s Singapore facility.

Enhancing supply chain capabilities to blend, handle and distribute SAF is critical in enabling more customers access to SAF and ultimately to help quicken the pace of decarbonising aviation.

Lee Seow Hiang, CEO, Changi Airport noted that, “aircraft emissions and airport activities contribute to an airport’s carbon footprint. Changi Airport believes that SAF is one of the keys to unlock the future to a more sustainable air travel industry. We are committed to working actively with airlines, industry players and government agencies on the adoption of SAF with the goal of advancing Changi Airport as a sustainable aviation hub.”

Meanwhile, Jan Toschka, Global President Shell Aviation said: “Alongside investing in our capabilities to produce SAF, we are also focused on developing the regional infrastructure needed to get the fuel to our customers at their key locations. Through leveraging our extensive refuelling network, I am proud that we are helping our customers to decarbonise by becoming the first supplier of SAF in Singapore.”

Enabling SAF in Singpaore and Asia is a significant step forward with Shell planning to produce around 2 million tonnes of SAF a year by 2025 globally. To support this, it has outlined plans for a biofuels facility, subject to investment confirmation, at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore. This facility will have the ability to produce 550,000 tonnes of low-carbon fuels each year, including SAF.

Shell unveils ambition to produce two million tonnes of SAF a year by 2025

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Aviation fuel giant Shell plans to produce around 2 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025. It also aims to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuels sales as SAF by 2030.

“Currently, SAF accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of aviation fuel. We want to help our customers use more SAF,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Shell Aviation. “With the right policies, investments and collaboration across the sector we can accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero by 2050.”

Last week saw Shell take a final investment decision for a new biofuels plant at its Rotterdam Energy and Chemicals Park. The facility will have the ability to produce 820,000 tonnes of low-carbon fuels per year, including SAF. Shell also offers certified nature-based carbon credits to offset emissions, and is exploring other ways to help aviation achieve its net-zero goals, including hydrogen power.

The company has also now published two reports looking at how the aviation sector can accelerate its progress towards decarbonisation.

Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take-Off is a joint report between Shell and Deloitte based on the view of more than 100 aviation industry executives and experts. It outlines 15 ways to reduce emissions between now and 2030 that will help aviation to reach net-zero by 2050.

Shell’s companion report – Decarbonising Aviation: Shell’s Flight Path – outlines how Shell, as one of the world’s largest suppliers of aviation fuel and lubricants, can help its customer decarbonise. It highlights Shell’s ambition to produce 2 million tonnes of SAF a year by 2025. Achieving this goal will make Shell a leading global producer of SAF and support the decarbonisation of the aviation sector.

Advocating for a comprehensive regulatory regime to accelerate the decarbonisation of aviation, Shell has been calling for an supply supports the introduction of ambitious and feasible SAF blending mandates.

Jetex teams up with Shell to help customers offset carbon emissions

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Following an agreement with aviation fuel supplier Shell, Jetex customers are now able to choose to fly with a reduced carbon footprint from six key global locations by choosing to offset the carbon emissions of their travel. The new service is available initially at Jetex’ facilities at Dubai, Paris, Singapore, Dublin, Dusseldorf and Salah airports.

With the International Air Transport Association (IATA) committed to reducing the industry’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2050, the agreement demonstrates how general aviation service providers can support this ambition. As a vital catalyst for growth, providing access to markets, supporting jobs and promoting travel recovery, private aviation has multiple positive economic effects. However, it also contributes to the production of carbon emissions.

Every day, more than 200 aircraft fuelled by Jetex take to the sky around the world. As part of the agreement with Shell, the new tool allows Jetex customers to calculate their flight emissions associated with the use of jet fuel and reduce them by choosing to invest in environment conservation programmes. The programmes are certified by international organisations such as the Verified Carbon Standard, as well as Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard. They include the protection or redevelopment of natural ecosystems – such as forests, grasslands and wetlands – to lower concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. To recognise customers’ input, Jetex will be issuing certificates and acknowledging individual contributions.

“With private aviation growing, we are even more aware that our future has to be sustainable. Solving the complex issue of climate protection requires a multifaceted response, and offsetting emissions on flights is just one step that we are adopting to reduce our environmental impact,” said Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO of Jetex. “By working with Shell, we have carefully chosen environmental programmes to ensure they are proven and deliver CO2 emissions reductions as well as benefits to the communities and local biodiversity.”

Meanwhile, Anna Mascolo, President of Global Aviation at Shell, said: “Until sustainable aviation fuels and technology are developed at scale, carbon offsets will play a key role in helping the aviation sector achieve net-zero emissions.”


Shell and Red Rock sign agreement to increase SAF distribution

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In line with efforts to increase the distribution of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Shell has entered into an agreement with Red Rock Biofuels to purchase SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from its new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon.

Shell plans to distribute the SAF to Red Rock’s existing airline customers.

“SAF is crucial to aviation’s success in reaching net zero emissions by 2050, alongside new technologies and high-quality carbon credits,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Global Aviation at Shell. “But to enable SAF to fulfil its potential we need to be proactive and resolute in finding opportunities to increase availability of SAF today and tomorrow.”

She added that an increase in SAF is dependent on, “collaboration across the whole value chain.”

Red Rock’s refinery is scheduled for completion in early 2021. Once operational, it will be the world’s first commercial scale plant to utilise waste woody biomass from forests at risk of wildfire to create SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel.

“This has been one of the most devastating wildfire seasons on record,” said Terry Kulesa, CEO of Red Rock. “We have seen wildfires grow in intensity, acreage, and damage to public health and the environment. One of the many potential benefits of this plant is to reduce the waste woody biomass lying on the forest floor which may help to mitigate the spread of wildfires.”

Referencing the new partnership, Kulesa also commented: “With its operational capabilities and global supply chain expertise, Shell is ideally positioned to support us in helping make low-carbon SAF more widely available to airlines who are committed to reducing emissions and tackling climate change.”

In general, lifecycle carbon emissions from SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel are expected to be up to 80% lower than conventional jet fuel. The SAF will be supplied to airports through existing airport infrastructure and can be used blended by airlines without technical modification to their current fleet.

Neste partners with Shell to increase supply of SAF

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Neste, the leading producer of renewable fuels, and aviation fuel giant Shell have signed an agreement to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The agreement, which will see the significant increase in the supply and availability of SAF from October 2020 anticipates the increasing desire from airports and airlines to reduce emissions.

“To tackle climate change and reach net zero emissions, the aviation industry must act fast,” said Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation. The fuel supplier aims to reduce the carbon intensity of the fuels it sells by offering lower-carbon fuels such as SAF over time. “Today’s agreement with Neste will help shell Aviation customers to lower their emissions and demonstrates the kind of progress we can delivery by working in collaboration with others,” she continued.

Meanwhile Neste’s Executive Vice President for Renewable Aviation, Thorsten Lange, underlined that the aviation industry is essential for global business. He said it also generates growth and will help facilitate  economic recovery. “It also enables people to travel and goods to be transported rapidly across the globe. But if we are to address aviation-related emissions, we need to utilise all the available solutions. SAF offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft with an immediate potential to reduce aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions. We are fully committed to supporting the aviation industry, its customers and corporates with their emission reduction targets.”

Header image: Shell refuelling photo taken pre-COVID-19 impact