Ryanair acquires 1,000 tons of SAF from Shell for Stansted operations


Ryanair announced that it has purchased another 1,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Shell to be supplied at the Stanstead airport – the airline’s base – in London.

“Ryanair continues to lead the way in sustainable aviation. As demonstrated today at Stansted, by using SAF, the latest engine technologies and electric ground handling equipment, we are making significant investments to decarbonise our operations and achieve our commitments of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and 25% less CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2031,” said Thomas Fowler, director of sustainability and finance, Ryanair.

The airline said that SAF purchase is in line with its goals to reduce CO2 emissions. Ryanair already significantly advanced its decarbonisation commitments through its work with Trinity College Dublin in the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre.

Moreover, the it has also invested $22bn in ‘Gamechanger’ fleet to reduce CO2 emissions by 16%, and a further $40bn investment for 300 Boeing 737 MAX-10 aircraft which reduce CO2 emissions by 20%.

Ryanair currently has six SAF offtake agreements in place with Shell, OMV, Enilive, Repsol and Neste. 

Moreover, Shell’s general manager aviation Europe and South Africa, Ashleigh McDougall said: “Shell is delighted to have started supplying sustainable aviation fuel to Ryanair at Stansted Airport, helping a valued customer reduce emissions on flights from a crucial UK transport hub. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to supply SAF to Ryanair in 2022, we’re pleased to see intentions converted into actions as we continue to support our customers on their decarbonisation journeys.”