Finnish oil refining company Neste has delivered more than 500,000 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The delivery was made in cooperation with LAXFUEL and is the first of this scale to LAX, one of the busiest airports in the United States.
The SAF from Neste will be used by commercial airlines flying from the airport to help noticeably slash their CO2 emissions.
Trademarked as Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, the SAF can result in up to 80% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over its full lifecycle compared to using regular jet fuel.
This specific delivery was the result of a close collaboration with the consortium of the airlines operating at LAX, known as LAXFUEL, and is the first of its kind to be executed using barges for transport.
Specifically, LAXFUEL is also responsible for creating the necessary supply infrastructure for jet fuel for the aircrafts that land at the airport, boosting its availability and making it much more accessible at a significant aviation hub in the US.
This point is critical, as one of the biggest challenges that SAF, as the leading means of decarbonizing the aviation industry, faces today is its availability in larger quantities.
Hence, this partnership is a genuine milestone not only for LAX, but for the sector as a whole.
John Trozzo, Chairman of LAXFUEL Corporation, commented on the partnership by saying: “We now have the means to supply this low-emission fuel in larger volumes not only to the airlines flying from LAX but also to other airports in the region serviced by the broader fuel infrastructure managed by LAXFUEL in California.
This partnership with Neste proves that we have the capability to immediately implement this fuel as a low-carbon solution. It also provides a sound basis for scaling up future deliveries to airlines.”