This is also the first time the airlines have incorporated blended SAF into their operations as part of the ‘Singapore pilot’, according to a joint statement released by SIA, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and GenZero.
The Singapore pilot, first announced in November 2021, is a partnership between CAAS, SIA, and Temasek that aims to advance the use of SAF in Singapore.
CAAS, SIA and GenZero, an investment platform wholly owned by Temasek, have started on the next phase of the Singapore pilot following the delivery of blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Changi Airport via the airport’s fuel hydrant system on July 7, 2022, the statement said.
“Under this pilot, 1,000 tons of neat SAF will be supplied by Neste and blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore. This is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons,” the statement continued.
“There is broad-based consensus amongst government and industry leaders around the world that the decarbonization of the aviation sector and the achievement of net zero targets set by airlines will require large-scale SAF adoption,” said Han Kok Juan, Director-General, CAAS.
Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY), said: “Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonization journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time.”
Frederick Teo, Chief Executive Officer, GenZero, said: “We are delighted to see sustainable aviation fuel used on SIA and Scoot flights departing from Changi Airport. We have also been working with our project partners and the Climate Impact X (CIX) global exchange to pilot innovative products for SAF credits. Such credits represent an important way to crowd in financing from environmentally conscious corporates and institutions to reduce the cost premium and encourage greater adoption of SAF to decarbonize global aviation.”
In June 2022, CAAS, SIA and Temasek announced the sale of 1,000 SAF credits from July 2022 also under the pilot.
“The launch of the SAF credits provides customers including corporate and individual travelers, and freight forwarders an avenue to do their part for the environment, and reduce their carbon footprint,” according to a statement released by CAAS.
According to the joint statement from CAAS, SIA and GenZero, SIA customers will be able to purchase a mix of SAF credits and carbon offsets from the fourth quarter of 2022 as part of the SIA Group Voluntary Carbon Offset Programme.