Qatar Airways signs deal with Gevo to buy 25 million US gallons of sustainable aviation fuel
Doha – Qena
Qatar Airways and US company Gevo Inc., a producer of sustainable aviation fuel, have signed a pre-sales agreement under which Qatar Airways will purchase 25 million US gallons of net sustainable aviation fuel over a five-year period, with deliveries expected. to begin in 2028 at various California airports. American.
During this period, Qatar Airways will supply 5 million US liters of sustainable aviation fuel each year and blend it with its current supply of fossil aviation fuel, becoming the first airline in the Middle East and Africa to fulfill its commitment to an international pre-sales agreement for sustainable aviation fuel.
This partnership is part of Qatar Airways’ previous commitment with other members of the oneworld alliance to purchase up to 200 million US gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Gevo.
The use of sustainable aviation fuels is one of the most important pillars within the plan of Qatar Airways and the “oneworld” alliance to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and the “oneworld” alliance has in September 2020 the first global alliance of airlines to unite towards a common goal of achieving carbon neutrality with net zero emissions by 2050, after which the Alliance committed to achieving 10 percent of sustainable aviation fuel consumption by 2030.
Qatar Airways is keen to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel at the commercial level, knowing that the sustainable aviation fuel to be purchased will meet the sustainability standards approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
When comparing sustainable aviation fuels with fossil aviation fuels, the former has the ability to reduce carbon emissions during the entire production cycle by up to 85 percent compared to fossil fuels through currently available technology.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, said: “Qatar Airways’ commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century is part of its priorities, emphasizing that the process of decarbonising the aviation industry links a gradual increase in the level of use of aviation fuels with emissions.” Low carbon and sustainable aviation fuels.
He added: “In this context, we are proud of our efforts to achieve this global goal towards a better future. Therefore, our joining with other airlines that are members of the /oneworld/ alliance confirms our support for Gevo to expand its facilities for the production of sustainable aviation fuel, increase the supplied quantities of this fuel and move closer to achieving Our goal is to replace 10 percent of the fossil fuels we currently use with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.”
In turn, Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, CEO of Gevo, said: “By working with farmers on renewable agricultural practices, Gevo will be able to obtain the raw materials for sustainable aviation fuel production, in addition to improving soil quality and carbon sequestration and providing food products related to the food supply chain .
He added: “We will help Qatar Airways and oneworld member airlines achieve their emissions reduction goals by pursuing sustainability in all our businesses, from sustainably grown raw materials to the use of renewable energy for production.”
It is worth noting that Qatar Airways has made significant progress in achieving environmental sustainability and decarbonisation. Qatar Airways operates a fleet of the latest and most fuel-efficient aircraft, and is the first airline in the Middle East to achieve the highest degree of accreditation under the International Air Transport Association (IenvA) Environmental Assessment Program (IENvA), and the first airline to join the IATA CO2NNECT platform, which is launching a new voluntary carbon offsetting program for air cargo, continuing its ambitious agenda to establish environmental leadership in the global aviation industry.”
The national airline of the State of Qatar currently operates flights to 150 international destinations.
As for Gevo, it works to convert renewable energy and carbon into energy-intensive liquid hydrocarbons. These fluids can be used for a variety of ready-to-use fuels, such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. When burned, they have the ability to produce net greenhouse gas emissions, which can be measured over the full cycle of sustainable fuel production.