Air France-KLM and TotalEnergies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see TotalEnergies deliver more than one million cubic metres or 800,000 tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Air France-KLM Group airlines over a 10-year period, starting in 2023.
This SAF will be produced by TotalEnergies at its biorefineries and will be made available to the Air France-KLM Group’s airlines, mainly for flights departing from France (in accordance with French legislation) and the Netherlands.
SAF fuels reduce CO2 emissions by an average of at least 80% over their entire lifecycle, compared to their fossil equivalent.
Air France-KLM has implemented a strict sourcing policy and is committed to procuring only SAF fuels that do not compete with human food or animal feed, that are RSB or ISCC certified for sustainability, and that are not derived from palm oil.
TotalEnergies is developing sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) made from waste and residue sourced from the circular economy (animal fat, used cooking oil, etc.) and “e-jets”, synthetic fuels for aviation. These sustainable aviation fuels will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from air transport. TotalEnergies aims to produce 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
Over the last two years, TotalEnergies has also supplied SAF for a number of Air France-KLM Group’s commercial flights. In May 2021, the first Air France long-haul flight, between Paris and Montreal, powered with a blend that included 16% SAF produced in France. In June 2022, several flights, planned by all of the Air France-KLM Group’s airlines as part of the Connecting Europe Days, were powered with 30% SAF.
“Biofuel development is one of our Company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM exemplifies the excellence of industry and French aerospace in committing to a more sustainable aviation sector. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers, we are actively working with them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.
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