Ryanair signs SAF agreement with Shell


Ryanair and Shell have signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at over 200 Ryanair airports across Europe. Shell will focus on the airline’s largest bases including Dublin and London Stansted.

This MOU gives Ryanair potential access to 360,000 tonnes (120m gallons) of SAF between 2025 and 2030. 

“SAF plays a key role in our Pathway to Net Zero strategy, and also our commitment to a target of 12.5% SAF by 2030,” said Thomas Fowler, sustainability director, Ryanair. Today’s agreement with Shell helps Ryanair secure access to c.20% of this ambitious goal. Shell is a key sustainability partner for Ryanair, and we look forward to building on this collaboration with Shell as our Group grows sustainably to carry 225m passengers annually by FY26.”

The SAF can be produced by various pathways.

“It is fantastic to build on our existing relationship with Ryanair to now look at what we can achieve together on sustainability. This initial agreement demonstrates that both companies recognise that SAF is the key to unlock a net zero future for aviation,” said Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation. “We share the same ambition to enable Ryanair’s passengers to fly lower carbon. Leadership and bold actions are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of flight, and today’s announcement is a great example of this.”

This agreement, was signed at the Sustainable Aviation Research Centre in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where Ryanair was holding an Aviation Sustainability Day.