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Sustainable aviation fuel

One way to make a material reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the lifecycle of the fuel is to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in place of regular jet. 
BP Biojet tanker in the snow

Our sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is called BP Biojet. It is produced from sustainable, renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil and other wastes. SAF can drop straight in to existing infrastructure and an aircraft. It is approved for use in jet engines with no technical changes to aircraft necessary. 

In 2016 we were the first operator to start commercial supply of SAF through an existing hydrant fuelling system, at Norway’s Oslo airport, under our BP Biojet brand.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% over its lifecycle compared to the industry-average fossil jet fuel, BP Biojet has been supplied at 16 airports worldwide across three continents– including in Norway, Sweden, France and in the US.

Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) statistics show that nearly 180,000 commercial flights had been made on sustainable aviation fuel by May 2019.


How is Sustainable Aviation Fuel produced?


  • SAF is made by converting sustainable material such as certain vegetable oils, recycled cooking oil or solid household waste to a high-quality synthetic product which is then blended with regular jet fuel. 
  • SAF gives a reduction of up to 80% in CO2 emissions depending on the sustainable material used, production method and the supply chain to the airport. 
  • In 2016 Air BP created a strategic partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy with an initial investment of $30 million. 
  • The Californian company is building a first plant (in Reno, Nevada) which will produce low-cost, sustainable fuel made from household waste. 
  • Tested, certified and approved for use in commercial airlines around the world, Fulcrum’s product will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% over its lifecycle compared to traditional petroleum jet fuel. What’s more, it also helps reduce landfill waste. 


BP Biojet produced by household waste

How is sustainable aviation fuel produced chart

How is sustainable aviation fuel produced?

Key dates

2010 Air BP teams up with Brazilian airline TAM (now LATAM) in a test flight using biofuels. 
October 2016 Air BP becomes the first aviation fuel supplier to achieve carbon neutrality for into-plane fuelling operations at over 250 locations worldwide and makes a 10-year commitment to retaining the accreditation through its carbon reduction plan.
November 2016 Air BP invests $30 million in US biojet producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. The Californian company produces low-cost, sustainable biojet made from household waste. First supply will be in 2022.
July 2017 Air BP extends its biofuel footprint in the Nordics with commercial supply of biojet available at Sweden’s Halmstad airport.
November 2017 Air BP supplies customers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport with ‘alcohol to jet’ aviation biofuel produced by leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, Gevo, and delivered via the airport’s existing fuelling infrastructure. 
October 2018 In collaboration with leading renewable fuel producer, Neste, Air BP makes SAF available at Sweden’s Kalmar Öland airport. 
May 2019 Air BP teams up with Sweden’s Braathens Regional Airlines, European turbo-prop manufacturer ATR and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste in ‘The Perfect Flight’. Sustainable aviation fuel produced by Neste and supplied by Air BP powered an ATR 72-600 turboprop plane carrying 72 passengers in a one-hour flight from Halmstad City airport to Stockholm’s Bromma airport.
May 2019 Air BP supplies SAF to general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport in Sweden and at Caen Carpiquet airport in France. 

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