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Qatar Airways has signed a contract for 25 million liters of SAF from 2028

Qatar Airways and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Gevo have signed an offtake agreement that will see the airline purchase 25 million US gallons of clean SAF over five years.

Deliveries are expected to begin in 2028 at various airports in California. Qatar Airways picks up 5 million US gallons of pure SAF each year and blends it with its existing supply of conventional jet fuel. The airline has become the first airline in the Middle East and Africa region to announce its commitment to an international SAF takeover agreement.

The partnership is part of an earlier commitment by the airline, along with other Oneworld Alliance members, to purchase up to 200 million US gallons of SAF from Gevo.

SAF is one of the pillars of Qatar Airways and oneworld’s plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In September 2020, oneworld became the first global airline alliance to unite behind the common goal of achieving carbon neutrality with net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The alliance subsequently committed to a goal of 10% sustainable use of aviation fuel across the alliance by 2030.

Qatar Airways is very keen to expand the use of SAF at the commercial level, noting that the SAF to be purchased will be certified according to the sustainability criteria set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Compared to fossil-based jet fuel, SAF results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions over the entire life cycle. Today’s technology makes it possible to reduce CO2 by using SAF by up to 85% compared to conventional jet fuel.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways continues to prioritize our commitment to zero flying by the middle of this century. The decarbonisation of aviation requires the gradual incorporation of low-carbon and sustainable aviation fuels, and we are proud to work together in this global effort for a better future. By joining forces with other Oneworld members, we are supporting Gevo in setting up its SAF production facilities to increase SAF supply and move closer to our goal of replacing 10% of our conventional jet fuel with SAF by 2030.

“By working with farmers on regenerative agricultural practices, Gevo can obtain a sustainable source of raw materials to produce sustainable jet fuel while improving soil health, sequestering carbon and providing nutritional products to the food chain,” said Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, CEO of Gevo. Officer.

“By building sustainability into every step of our business system, from sustainably grown raw materials to the use of renewable energy for production, we are helping Qatar Airways and other oneworld alliance members achieve their emission reduction goals.”

Qatar Airways flies one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the sky. It is the first airline in the Middle East to secure the highest level accreditation in the IATA Environmental Assessment Program (IEnvA) and is the first carrier to join the IATA CO2NNECT platform offering a new voluntary carbon offset program for air cargo shipments. to advance an ambitious program that demonstrates environmental leadership in the global aviation industry.

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