Total (Paris: FP) (LSE: TTA) (NYSE: TOT) has started producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle plant near Le Havre. The biofuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports from April 2021.
Total will also be able to produce SAF from 2024 on its zero gross Grandpuits platform, south-east of Paris.
All of these sustainable aviation fuels will be made from animal fats, used cooking oil and other wastes and residues from the circular economy. Total will not use vegetable oils as a raw material.
Thus, Total will be able to respond from its production sites in France to the new French legislation which requires airplanes to use at least 1% of biofuel by 2022, 2% by 2025 and 5% by 2030.
The development of SAF is one of the strategic avenues pursued by Total to meet the challenge of carbon neutrality, because biofuels help reduce CO2 emissions from air transport.
“By producing sustainable aeronautical fuel today at our French sites, we are able to meet strong demand from an aeronautical industry which is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint, while adapting our industrial resources. As a large energy company, we support our customers by offering them innovative solutions to reduce their emissions. This commitment is fully in line with Total’s climate ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 ”, declared Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals at Total.
Total and sustainable aviation fuel
Total is involved in numerous initiatives for the production and marketing of sustainable aviation fuel in partnership with partners from the aviation industry. The Group will take a new step in May 2021 with the creation of a Business Unit dedicated to Renewable Fuels.
Sustainable aviation fuel is a practical alternative to fossil fuel jet fuel. It drastically reduces CO2 emissions from air travel and can be used as an alternative fuel starting today, without the need to modify existing supply chain infrastructure, aircraft or engines.
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