Air France-KLM, Total (Paris: FP) (LSE: TTA) (NYSE: TOT), Groupe ADP and Airbus join forces to carry out the first long-haul flight powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)1 produced in France. Today at 3:40 p.m., Air France flight 342 took off from Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport for Montreal with its tanks filled for the first time with sustainable aviation fuel produced in French factories in Total.
This flight is the tangible result of the common ambition of the four groups to decarbonise air transport and develop an SAF supply chain in France, a prerequisite for their widespread use in French airports.
No modifications to storage and distribution infrastructure, aircraft or engines are required to incorporate biofuels. Their gradual introduction into the world is expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from air transport, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The biofuel used for this flight was made from waste and residue from the circular economy. Total produced SAF from used cooking oil in its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France and in its Oudalle plant near Le Havre, without using virgin vegetable oil.
This first 100% French SAF received ISCC-EU certification from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System, an independent organization that guarantees sustainability. The 16% mixture of this flight avoided the emission of 20 tons of CO2.
By developing and supporting SAF’s first industrial production in France, Air France-KLM, Total, Groupe ADP and Airbus are paving the way for France to boost innovation in energy and environmental transition. French legislation provides that planes use at least 1% SAF by 2022 for all flights from France, ahead of the planned European ambition to gradually increase to 2% by 2025 and 5% of by 2030, as part of the European Green Deal.
To meet these requirements, Total will also produce SAF on its zero gross platform at Grandpuits near Paris from 2024.
Today’s flight also illustrates the synergy of different engines to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint, i.e. sustainable aviation fuel, latest generation aircraft and electrification of operations. on the ground. The Airbus A350 used for the flight consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessor. In addition, the aircraft was maintained by the first 100% electric refueling truck, developed in France with the expertise of Total, and all of the ground assistance equipment used by Air France was entirely electric.
Air France-KLM is a pioneer in the testing of sustainable aviation fuels. KLM carried out its first SAF flight in 2009. Since then, the Group has stepped up its innovative programs. Between 2014 and 2016, for example, it carried out 78 Air France flights powered by a 10% SAF mixture in collaboration with a subsidiary of Total. These tests showed that the use of SAF had no impact on the reliability of airline operations. Air France-KLM intends to strengthen its leadership in SAF in the years to come, while contributing to research on future generations of aircraft.
In addition to this flight, Airbus is conducting several rounds of tests to certify that airliners will fly with 100% SAF in the decades to come. Airbus has also installed SAF refueling stations at its industrial facilities so that it can be used in production operations, as well as for aircraft deliveries. These facilities contribute to Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise all of its industrial operations.
For this first flight, Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, declared: “For many years, the Air France-KLM group has been committed to reducing its environmental footprint. With the renewal of our fleet, sustainable aviation fuels are our main medium-term lever to reduce our CO2 emissions per passenger / km by half by 2030. These two actions are therefore at the heart of our strategy, alongside eco-piloting and carrying out carbon neutral ground operations. France now has the opportunity to position itself as a leader in the production and use of sustainable fuels and we are doing everything we can to contribute to this with our partners. Supporting the emergence of a French aeronautics industry for biofuels that is economically viable for all players is a strategic priority for the country and the group. ”
Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, said: “The development of biofuels is part of Total’s overall energy strategy to decarbonize the transport industry. After successfully launching the production of sustainable aviation fuels at our facilities in France last March, we continue to adapt our industrial facilities to prepare for the growing demand from the aviation industry over the next decade. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of energy products used by our customers in the aviation industry, we are actively working with them to achieve our ambition to reach net zero by 2050, in collaboration with the company.
Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP, highlighted: “This first flight departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is a symbol of our ambition to decarbonize air transport by integrating new sustainable air fuels in planes. The European air transport roadmap aims for zero net emissions by 2050, and we, as an airport operator, want to support this energy transition and commit, without delay, to the path of transforming our air transport processes. operations and our infrastructure. ”
And Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus added: “Sustainable fuels are a major lever for achieving our objectives of decarbonising the aeronautics sector, and Airbus supports all initiatives that contribute to their development and their use on commercial flights. Coordinated action by all stakeholders is necessary to increase the share of these sustainable fuels, which can be used today on up to 50% of our aircraft, without any modification or operational impact, thus reducing their environmental footprint..«
About Air France-KLM
A global player with a strong European base, the main businesses of the Air France-KLM group are passenger transport, freight transport and aeronautical maintenance. Air France-KLM is one of the leading airline groups in terms of international traffic departing from Europe. It offers its customers access to a global network, covering more than 300 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Its Flying Blue frequent flyer program is one of the leaders in Europe with more than 16 million members.
With its partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 275 daily flights in 2019. Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance, which has 19 member airlines , offers access to a vast global network and offers its customers a smooth and quality travel experience.
Air France-KLM is fully committed to sustainable development and will step up to reduce its environmental footprint. The objective is to make a significant contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in connection with the Group’s activities.
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About Groupe ADP
Groupe ADP develops and manages airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2019, the group handled through its Paris Aéroport brand more than 108 million passengers and 2.2 million tonnes of freight and mail at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and more than 110 million passengers in airports abroad.
Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location and a significant catchment area, the Group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernizing its terminal facilities and improving the quality of its services. The group also intends to develop its commercial and real estate activities. In 2019, the group’s turnover amounted to € 4,700 million and net income to € 588 million.
Headquarters: 1, rue de France, 93290 Tremblay-en-France. Aéroports de Paris is a public limited company with capital of 296,881,806 euros. Registered in the Bobigny trade and companies register under no. 552,016,628.
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1 Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a mixture of conventional aviation fuel (JET-A1) and biofuel from waste and residues from the circular economy (animal fats, used cooking oils, etc.). Biofuel has properties similar to JET-A1 and produces up to 90% less CO2 emissions over its life cycle compared to the fossil equivalent.