March 3, 2024

IAG signs SAF deal for San Francisco flights

IAG, the parent of British Airways and Aer Lingus, has signed a deal with renewable fuels company Aemetis to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power both airlines’ flights from San Francisco Airport from 2025.

The SAF will be produced at the Aemetis Carbon Zero plant currently under development in Riverbank, California.

The plant will be powered by 100% renewable electricity and is designed to separate CO2 from the production process, significantly reducing the carbon intensity of the fuel.

Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis, said: “Sustainable aviation fuel continues to be shown to be a great solution to decarbonise aviation and can be used in existing aircraft engines.

“IAG is continuing to take a leadership position by the conversion of their fuel supply to the use of sustainable fuels.”

Jonathon Counsell, Head of Sustainability at IAG, said: “SAF is key to decarbonising aviation and IAG has to date committed $865 million in SAF purchases and investments.  We see great potential to develop a long-term partnership with Aemetis who is at the cutting edge of producing low carbon biofuels from sustainable wastes.”