Boeing has announced that it entered into an agreement with oil refining company Neste to purchase 5.6 million gallons (21.2 million liters) of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to support its US commercial operations throughout 2023.
The American aircraft manufacturer said that the agreement will more than double the company’s 2022 SAF procurement.
Neste’s SAF will be blended with conventional jet fuel at a 30:70 ratio to produce 5.6 million gallons of blended SAF. The SAF is made from 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as cooking oil and animal fat waste, and meets strict sustainability criteria.
“As one of the top aircraft manufacturers in the world, Boeing is sending a clear message to the entire aviation industry through this purchase that SAF is a key solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flying,” Michael Sargeant, vice president Americas, renewable aviation at Neste said in a statement.
“We are proud to be a part of this collaboration along with our partners EPIC Fuels, Signature Aviation and Avfuel,” Sergeant added.
EPIC Fuels and Signature Aviation will provide 2.3 million gallons and Avfuel will supply 300,000 gallons of this blended SAF for the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight test program and the Boeing’s commercial sites in Washington state and South Carolina.
Boeing said that it is also purchasing an additional 3 million gallons of the same blended SAF from EPIC Fuels and Signature Aviation, generating emissions reduction credits for commercial deliveries, Dreamlifter and executive flights.
In 2019, Boeing began offering customers the option to power commercial delivery flights with SAF to demonstrate commitment to reducing CO2 and further spur the use of cleaner fuels.
In 2021, Boeing committed to deliver its commercial airplanes capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030.