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Mon, 11 July 2022

Singapore Airlines and Scoot Operate First Flights with Blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(11 July 2022, 11:43 +07)  The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA) and GenZero - an investment platform wholly-owned by Temasek that is dedicated to accelerating decarbonisation globally - have embarked on the next phase of the Singapore pilot with the delivery of blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Changi Airport via the airports fuel hydrant system.

It is the first time blended SAF has been uplifted onto SIA and Scoot flights departing from Changi Airport as part of the trial.

Under the initiative, 1,000 tonnes of neat SAF will be supplied by Neste and blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobils facilities in Singapore.

Singapore Airlines aircraft at Changi. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Singapore Airlines aircraft at Changi. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Using that amount of SAF is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tonnes.

Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President of Renewable Aviation for the Asia-Pacific region, Neste, said, We are excited to see Singapore Airlines using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in their flight operations. The collaboration with ExxonMobil, Singapore Airlines, Temasek and CAAS demonstrates the potential of SAF in reducing aviations emissions and helps accelerate its use in Singapore and globally. Neste is committed to play its part as we are starting SAF production in Singapore in the first quarter of 2023 with one million tonnes of production capacity per annum.

The Singapore pilot, announced in November 2021, aims to advance the use of SAF in Singapore and is a follow-up to a study conducted by the Singapore Government and industry players on the operational and commercial viability of using SAF at Changi Airport.

This project will incorporate the blending of neat SAF in local facilities, certification of blended SAF, and delivery to Changi Airport to operationally validate SAF integration options in Singapore.

It will also provide insights on end-to-end cost components, potential pricing structures for cost recovery and support future policy considerations for SAF deployment.

Last month, CAAS, SIA and Temasek announced the sale of 1,000 SAF credits from July 2022, as part of this pilot, providing customers - including corporate and individual travellers, as well as freight forwarders - with an avenue to reduce their carbon footprint, stimulate demand for SAF, support the development of the nascent SAF industry, and advance the adoption of SAF for aviation sustainability.

From the fourth quarter of 2022, SIA customers will be able to purchase a mix of SAF credits and carbon offsets, as part of the SIA Group Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme.

SIA will also partner Climate Impact X (CIX), a global exchange for quality carbon credits, to introduce a bundled portfolio consisting of SAF credits and carbon credits. The product will be designed to meet corporate demand for SAF while balancing affordability.

Han Kok Juan, Director-General, CAAS, said, There is broad-based consensus amongst government and industry leaders around the world that the decarbonisation of the aviation sector and the achievement of net zero targets set by airlines will require large-scale SAF adoption. This first successful uplift of blended SAF is an important milestone in Singapores journey towards sustainable aviation. It shows that the Singapore Changi Airport is SAF-ready. It also provides useful operational learning points on the adoption of SAF which the CAAS is studying as part of our work on a Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint. We target to publish the Blueprint early next year.

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