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British Airways and Phillips 66 sign sustainable aviation fuel agreement

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British Airways and Phillips 66 Ltd (Phillips 66) have entered into a multi-year supply agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery in the UK, making the airline one of the first in the world to use British-produced SAF.

The supply agreement between British Airways and Phillips 66 Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips 66, advances both companies’ commitments to a lower-carbon future. SAF can reduce life cycle carbon emissions by over 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

The SAF will be supplied to British Airways to power a number of its flights from early 2022. It will be produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the Humber Refinery, which will deliver its SAF supply to British Airways via existing pipeline infrastructure that feeds directly into UK airports.

Humber Refinery General Manager Darren Cunningham, the Lead Executive for Phillips 66 in the UK, said the announcement reflects the importance the aviation and energy industries are placing on sustainability and the continued development, adoption and scaling-up of SAF.

In 2020, Phillips 66 invested significantly to expand its production of fuels from waste feedstocks. The investment is part of a broader energy transition plan to reduce the carbon intensity of its refinery operations and products that support 1000 Humber Refinery jobs.

The British Airways agreement follows the announcement in April 2021 of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines to advance SAF.

British Airways, which is driving to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, will purchase enough sustainable fuel to reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by almost 100 000 t, the equivalent of powering 700 net zero CO2 emissions flights between London, UK; and New York, US, on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft.

The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), is investing US$400 million over the next 20 years into the development of SAF and British Airways has existing partnerships with a number of technology and fuel companies to develop SAF plants and purchase the fuel.

Phillips 66 and British Airways support government plans for a future SAF mandate and a business model for investing in advanced waste to jet fuel projects through participation in the Department for Transport’s Jet Zero Council Delivery Group, of which British Airways and Phillips 66 are members.

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