Airbus and TotalEnergies Partners On Sustainable Aviation Fuels

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Airbus and TotalEnergies have “signed a strategic partnership to address the challenges of decarbonising aviation through sustainable aviation fuels” in line with Airbus’ objective of achieving net carbon neutrality of aviation by 2050. The aircraft manufacture says “this partnership aims to contribute to the reduction of the sector’s CO2 emissions, in which Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) play a key role. SAF supplied by TotalEnergies can reduce up to 90% CO2 emissions over their lifecycle compared to their fossil fuel equivalent.”

The partnership will cover two main areas including “the supply by TotalEnergies of sustainable aviation fuels for more than half of Airbus’ needs in Europe and a research and innovation programme aimed at developing 100% sustainable fuels tailored to the design of current and future aircraft.”

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalEnergies, said: “The development of sustainable aviation fuels is at the heart of our Company’s transition strategy” and noted that  “TotalEnergies has been working hard to respond to the sector’s new demand for a reduced carbon footprint. Our Company has set itself a target of 1.5 million tons of annual SAF production by 2030”.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, said: “Accelerating the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels is essential if we are to meet our targets for reducing carbon emissions from aviation by 2030. This partnership between Airbus and TotalEnergies demonstrates the willingness of aerospace manufacturers and major energy producers and suppliers to work together to meet this challenge.”

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