Air France uses cooking oil to travel to Canada – fr

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Air France uses cooking oil to travel to Canada – fr


Paris: Air France-KLM flew a biofuel-powered Airbus A350 from Paris to Montreal, demonstrating the airline’s willingness to switch to low-emission fuel despite deep industry divisions over the pace of its adoption.
Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) with a blend of 16% sustainable aviation fuel in its fuel tanks, produced in France by Total from oils from used cooking.

Air France-KLM is preparing its first long-haul flight using sustainable aviation fuel.Credit:AP

This flight marked a “common ambition to decarbonize air transport and develop an SAF supply chain in France,” the companies said in a joint statement with the airport operator ADP.

Jet fuel produced from biomass or synthetically from renewable energy has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, albeit at a high cost compared to the price of kerosene.

From next year, flights departing from France will have to use 1% sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, ahead of the European Union’s targets of reaching 2% by 2025 and 5% d ‘by 2030 as part of the EU’s Green Deal policy.

But traditional airlines in the network have sought to exempt long-haul flights, arguing that a European-only SAF requirement could expose them to unfair foreign competition.

Jet fuel produced from biomass or synthetically from renewable energy has the potential to reduce carbon emissions.Credit:Bloomberg

This sparked an angry backlash from low-cost airlines including Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet, who wrote to the EU in March demanding the rules apply to all flights from Europe.

Airlines have a “major responsibility” to cut emissions, Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith said Tuesday – while reiterating his doubts over European SAF quotas for long-haul flights.

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