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Sustainable aviation fuel – providing a low carbon alternative

We’re committed to providing better, cleaner more sustainable aviation fuel. As a leader in the supply of sustainable aviation fuel our drop-in fuel gives the same performance as traditional jet fuel, but with around an 80% reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle compared to the fuel it replaces.
BP Biojet tanker and SAS aircraft

We are playing a vital role in the industry, working with airlines, fuel producers and trade bodies, to increase the supply and demand of sustainable aviation fuel. For example:

  • We were involved in fuelling the first SAF flight by an airline in February 2008 and since then we’ve been enabling ground-breaking test flights and investing in sustainable alternatives.
  • Our fuel research and development team and product quality experts have played a key role in the development of supporting processes and industry approvals.
  • In 2016 we created a strategic partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy with an initial investment of $30 million. Through our strategic partnership, Fulcrum will ultimately supply us with at least 50 million US gallons of SAF per year. Once operational they will provide low cost sustainable aviation fuel made from household waste.
  • In 2018, we signed an agreement with leading renewable fuel producer Neste, who produce SAF made from non-palm oil based used cooking oil and other wastes and residues. In August 2020 a second agreement increased the volume of sustainable aviation fuel offered to airport customers in 2020 and 2021. The volume is five times larger than that supplied by the businesses in 2019. 
  • In May 2019 we were a partner of the ‘Perfect Flight’, which combined the latest in aircraft efficiency and the use of sustainable aviation fuel to cut emissions by 46% compared to regular flights on the same route.
  • We are part of the business aviation industry's Sustainable Aviation fuel initiative, a coalition of international aviation organisations focused on raising awareness and advancing adoption of alternative jet fuel options.
  • We are part of the UK coalition ‘Sustainable Aviation’ with other key industry players, formed to tackle the challenge of ensuring a cleaner, quieter and smarter future for our industry.
  • By 2030 bp aims to supply 20% of global SAF demand.

How is sustainable aviation fuel produced?

 

Find out more about how sustainable aviation fuel is produced and used in jet engines.
How SAF is made