Ryanair has signed a Memo of Understanding with Shell to advance the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at over 200 Ryanair airports across Europe.
The deal will have a particular focus on SAF supply at the airline’s largest bases, which include Dublin and London Stansted.
It will give Ryanair potential access to 360,000 tonnes (120m gallons) of SAF between 2025 and 2030, saving more than around 900,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to over 70,000 flights from Dublin to Milan.
The SAF that is covered by this MoU could potentially be produced from multiple different technology pathways and a broad range of sustainable feedstocks.
Ryanair Sustainability Director, Thomas Fowler, said: “SAF plays a key role in our Pathway to Net Zero strategy, and also our commitment to a target of 12.5% SAF by 2030.
“Today’s agreement with Shell helps Ryanair secure access to around 20% of this ambitious goal. Shell is a key sustainability partner for Ryanair, and we look forward to building on this collaboration with Shell as our Group grows sustainably to carry 225 million passengers annually by FY26.”
President of Shell Aviation, Jan Toschka, added: “It is fantastic to build on our existing relationship with Ryanair to now look at what we can achieve together on sustainability. This initial agreement demonstrates that both companies recognise that SAF is the key to unlock a net zero future for aviation.
“We share the same ambition to enable Ryanair’s passengers to fly lower carbon. Leadership and bold actions are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of flight, and today’s announcement is a great example of this.”