Shell to supply 3,000t of SAF for Qatar Airways at Amsterdam Airport
Shell is to supply 3,000t of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Qatar Airways at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
According to Qatar Airways, the new deal means the airline will now use at least 5% SAF on flights from Amsterdam. That will cut emissions by about 7,500t over the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways said that the air carrier is committed to supporting the use of SAF. “Last year, we signed our first offtake agreement in the US and now we are placing a multi-million US dollar deal in Amsterdam to illustrate our SAF commitment and reiterate our calls for a more robust supply chain across our global network,” said Al Baker.
Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation agreed. “SAF is a key lever for decarbonising aviation, but scaling its supply and use requires concerted action from across the aviation sector. Today’s agreement is a great example of the collaborative actions that are required to help accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero,” he said.
The Qatar Airways agreement with Shell is part of a wider effort initiated by the airline collective, Oneworld Alliance. It has set a target of using SAF for 10% of all combined fuel volumes by 2030.
“We remain steadfast in our ambitious target of 10% SAF use by 2030 and this announcement, is critical to accelerating the SAF supply and achieving our target,” said Al Baker
Qatar Airways is also working on introducing a solution which will enable passengers and customers to offset their emissions by contributing to the cost of SAF.
“SAF is still three to five times more expensive than fossil-based jet fuel. This is why it is essential for all stakeholders to play their part in facilitating research & development of SAF facilities, enhancing economies of scale, providing financing and placing supportive policies,” said Al Baker.