London Heathrow Airport will become the first UK major airport to use sustainable jet fuel as part of a test ahead of the G7 Summit this week. The G7 Summit will be held from 11 to 13 June in the United Kingdom.
The delivery of the sustainable fuel produced by Finland’s Neste and supplied by the world’s biggest independent oil trader, Vitol, began last week.
The sustainable fuel, equivalent to fuel needed to power ten short-haul flights, is incorporated into Heathrow’s primary fuel supply.
This SAF is made of renewable and sustainable waste, mainly from cooking oil and animal fat. It will reduce flying emissions by up to 80% compared with regular aviation fuel.
However, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), sustainable fuel is about 2-4 times more expensive than regular aviation fuel. As of April this year, SAF was used in over 350,000 flights so far.
Heathrow Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye said they were delighted to be the first UK major airport to incorporate SAF into operation successfully.
Recently, the airport said that 58 percent of its airlines have committed to 10 percent sustainable fuel usage by 2030, increasing to over 50 percent by 2050.