Heathrow successfully incorporates SAF into operations

This milestone makes the London hub the first UK airport to integrate the fuel, providing a positive outlook for future use

Heathrow has announced that it has successfully incorporated sustainable aviation fuel into its operations, ahead of next week’s G7 summit in Cornwall.  

Working in partnership with energy and commodities traders, Vitol Aviation and Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, the airport has begun distributing the product into its main supply as of today.

London Heathrow Airport
Photo London Heathrow Airport

According to the hub, achieving this goal is the first step in demonstrating to the government that technology can work to reduce carbon from airside operations.

Neste My SAF has been produced from 100% renewable waste, such as cooking oil and animal excess. The company has said that the substance in its neat form can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, compared to fossil jet fuel.

The UN climate change conference in Glasgow is set to take place at the end of the month. Heathrow believes this is the ideal opportunity for governments, investors and the sector to collectively discuss the possibility of increasing the usage of SAF.

“As we get ready to welcome the world to the G7, we can demonstrate how this technology can significantly cut carbon from aviation, whilst protecting its benefits,” said John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO. “The UK government now has an opportunity to create a new British growth industry by backing sustainable aviation fuel production and also be leaders in the race to a net zero 2050.

“Now is the time for less talk and more action and ministers should set an escalating mandate to blend SAF into fuel and provide incentives that are stable over 5-10 years to foster investment in production, with a target of 10% by 2030 and at least 50% by 2050.”

By working alongside Heathrow, 58% of airlines situated at the base have already committed to 10% SAF usage by 2030.