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Ryanair commits to 12.5% SAF goal by 2030 and launches SAF Centre with Trinity College Dublin


By 2030, Ryanair’s goal is to power 12.5% of its flights with sustainable aviation fuels. This together with investment in new Boeing “Gamechanger” aircraft, will significantly reduce Ryanair’s CO2 and noise footprint over the next decade, the airline says. Ryanair also announced its partnership with Trinity College Dublin for the launch of the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre. Ryanair’s €1.5m donation will be used by Trinity College to seed a multi-disciplinary research team to engage in best-in-class research around Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Zero Carbon Aircraft Propulsion Systems and Noise Mapping. The project is due to commence in summer 2021.

IAG to power 10 per cent of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030

International Airlines Group

International Airlines Group (IAG) has committed to powering 10 per cent of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. The Group will purchase one million tonnes of sustainable jet fuel per year enabling it to cut its annual emissions by two million tonnes by 2030. This equates to removing one million cars from Europe’s roads each year, the Group stated. IAG also plans to extend its net zero commitment to its supply chain. The Group will be working with its suppliers to enable them to commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 for the products and services they provide to IAG.

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launch regular CO₂-neutral freight connection from Europe to China

After undertaking their first CO2-neutral freight flights from Frankfurt to Shanghai and back in November 2020, Lufthansa Cargo and logistics company DB Schenker have launched their regular carbon neutral cargo flight connection in April. The companies offer weekly flights between Frankfurt am Main and Shanghai Pudong on which fuel requirements are covered entirely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) rendering air freight’s supply chain carbon neutral in combination with market-based-measures. According to information published by DB Schenker the new connection will save around 174 metric tons of conventional kerosene each week.

Airbus, DLR, Rolls Royce and Neste launch first in-flight 100% SAF emissions study

Airbus, DLR, Rolls Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to look into the effects of 100% SAF on aircraft emissions and performance. It is the first time such in-flight study is taking place on a widebody commercial passenger aircraft. Findings from the study will support efforts currently underway at Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure the aviation sector is ready for the large-scale use of SAF as part of the wider initiative to decarbonise the industry.

Rome airports at the top of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

Airport Council International (ACI) has announced that Rome's Fiumicino and Ciampino airports have reached the highest level, Level 4+ 'Transition', of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. They are the first in Europe to achieve such results. Among the actions that contribute to the reduction of the overall emissions of the various stakeholders operating at the airport, they plan to make SAF available to airlines by 2024.

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