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Sustainable aviation fuel – providing a lower carbon alternative

With typically an 80% reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions compared to the fuel it replaces, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is one of the industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions. Designed as a drop-in fuel, SAF is made from wastes and residues sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oils. When blended up to 50% with traditional jet fuel it is certified as Jet A or Jet A-1 and has been thoroughly tested by aircraft, engine and component manufacturers to ensure it is compliant and safe.

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Air bp sustainable aviation fuel vehicle fuelling small jet 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 (Flight100) 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.
    • bp and Johnson Matthey have developed a simple-to-operate and cost-advantaged Fisher-Tropsch technology that can operate both at large and small scale to economically convert synthesis gas, generated from sources such as municipal solid waste and other renewable biomass, into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of SAF.
    • bp were a key participant in the development of fuel specifications for SAF through industry bodies ASTM and the Aviation Fuels committee.
  • We pioneered the first commercial supply of sustainable aviation fuel through an existing hydrant fuelling system in 2016.
  • Nuseed and bp entered into a strategic agreement to accelerate market adoption of Nuseed Carinata as a sustainable low-carbon biofuel feedstock. Nuseed Carinata is a non-food cover crop that can be used to produce low-carbon biofuel feedstock that is independently certified, sustainable and scalable.
  • We are building our experience in supplying SAF & exploring opportunities with our global customers, and to date we’ve supplied SAF to over 45 locations.

How is sustainable aviation fuel produced?


Find out more about how sustainable aviation fuel is produced and used in jet engines.
What is sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)?