Neste delivers more than half a million gallons of SAF to LAX airport
Neste delivered more than 500,000 gallons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the company announced Nov. 22.
This sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) delivery was made possible by a close cooperation with LAXFuel Corp., the consortium of the airlines operating at LAX providing the jet fuel supply infrastructure for the planes at the airport.
According to Neste, this is the first time SAF was delivered into LAXFuel’s supply infrastructure using barges for transport.
The fuel delivery significantly increases the availability and accessibility of SAF at one of the busiest international airports and aviation hubs in the U.S., offering airlines and passengers a solution to travel more sustainably with reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from air travel.
SAF has been widely acknowledged as a key element in helping to achieve aviation’s emissions reduction goals globally.
“One of the challenges facing the aviation industry is making SAF available in large enough volumes,” Neste stated. “Smaller deliveries of SAF have been used for flights out of LAX in the past, but those have been in smaller and infrequent quantities brought in by trucks. This partnership marks the first time that SAF is being delivered as a readymade fuel blend into the existing fueling infrastructure in large volumes at LAX.”
John Trozzo, chairman of LAXFuel, said, “Sustainable aviation fuel is the fastest, most effective means we have to reduce GHG emissions from air travel. We now have the means to supply this low-emission fuel in larger volumes not only to the airlines flying from LAX but also to other airports in the region serviced by the broader fuel infrastructure managed by LAXFuel in California. This partnership with Neste proves that we have the capability to immediately implement this fuel as a low-carbon solution. It also provides a sound basis for scaling up future deliveries to airlines.”
Chris Cooper, president of Neste US, added, “Neste is fully committed to supporting the decarbonization of aviation. Our company has been at the forefront of accelerating the availability of SAF, and this achievement together with LAXFuel shows how we are taking concrete steps towards a more sustainable future for aviation. Recognized as one of the most visited states in the U.S., California has a huge demand for air travel. By offering SAF to the state’s busiest airport, we are enabling passengers who travel to and from California to lower their carbon footprint while enjoying the benefits of flying.”
SAF delivers the performance of conventional jet fuel but with a significantly smaller carbon footprint on a lifecycle basis.
Using SAF reduces GHG emissions by up to 80 percent over the fuel’s lifecycle compared to using fossil jet fuel.
Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is produced from 100 percent sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials, including used cooking oil and animal fat waste, and is commercially available and in use worldwide.
SAF is blended with conventional jet fuel and works seamlessly with existing fueling infrastructure and aircraft engines.