Ryanair and Enilive have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner on the supply of long-term Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The deal, which sees SAF fuel being supplied to select Ryanair airports across Italy, bolsters the airline’s Pathway to Net Zero by 2050 decarbonisation strategy.
Ryanair would be able to access up to 100,000 tonnes (33m gallons) of SAF between 2025 and 2030 (equivalent to 20,000 flights from Milano Malpensa Airport to Dublin).
Enilive processes mainly waste feedstock in its biorefineries in Italy, including used cooking oil, animal fats and agro-food industry residues. The result is Eni Biojet, a SAF containing 100% biogenic component that is suitable to be blended with conventional jet fuel by up to 50%.
The global energy tech company plans to boost its biorefining capacity to over five million tonnes per year by 2030, focusing on developing new projects to expand its biorefining capacity.
Biofuels can play a relevant role in decarbonising mobility, including its hard-to-abate sectors such as aviation.
Thomas Fowler, Director of Sustainability at Ryanair, said: “Increasing the production of SAF is a key challenge that the industry faces over the coming years. Partnering with an industry leader like Eni will help Ryanair achieve our ambitious goal of using 12.5% SAF by 2030 and Net Zero emissions by 2050.
“Eni is a key supplier in our largest market, Italy, and their success in producing SAF will play a significant role as our group grows to carry 300m passengers a year by 2034.”
Stefano Ballista, CEO of Enilive, added: “We are glad to launch an agreement with such a relevant player as Ryanair right after European Union’s ReFuelEU regulations that aims to increase the adoption of SAFs by 2050.
“The plants and the technologies we have developed over the last decade enable Enilive to produce the necessary amounts of SAF to meet the needs of companies such as Ryanair and the requirements of the EU regulations.”