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Sustainable aviation fuel

Air BP is at the forefront of the shift towards a lower carbon aviation industry. A valued part of BP’s global energy business, we innovate to shape the aviation fuel business. Ours is an exciting story to tell
BP Biojet tanker and SAS aircraft

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


To-date BP Biojet has been supplied to 15 airports worldwide – including in Norway, Sweden, France and the US. 


We work with different SAF producers such as Neste and Fulcrum BioEnergy to meet our customers’ needs by purchasing, blending and supplying SAF as part of our customer offer. 


Produced from sustainable feedstocks such as waste oils or biomass, SAF offers a very effective means of reducing lifecycle CO2 emissions in air transport while using existing infrastructure and aircraft technology. Designed to be blended with up to 50% traditional jet fuel, it is safe to use in existing aircraft and airport infrastructure. 


Tested, certified and approved for use in commercial airlines around the world, SAF can give up to 80% fewer emissions compared with conventional jet fuel over its lifecycle. More than 180,000 flights* have been made using sustainable aviation fuel.  


However, with global SAF production currently being at relatively small levels, and with demand expected to grow, the challenge is to help build the scale of production and improve the efficiency of production processes. Sustainable feedstocks are currently less abundant than crude oil, and smaller scale production processes give lower economies of scale, so we need to advance new production and feedstock technologies to enable the industry to grow. 


Building on the deep expertise across BP in technology, manufacturing and sustainability, Air BP will continue to find new ways to innovate. 


* According to ATAG by May 2019 nearly 180,000 commercial flights had been made on sustainable aviation fuel
 

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.