Aer Lingus has signed a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement with Gevo, a US-based renewable fuels producer.
The agreement will see the purchase of 19,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel per year for five years, starting in 2026.
Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer, said: “This agreement with Gevo marks an exciting and critical step on our journey to net zero carbon emissions and underlines our commitment to powering 10 per cent of flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
“The sustainable aviation fuel produced by Gevo will be used to power our flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and from 2026, 50% of fuel purchased by Aer Lingus from California will be sustainable aviation fuel.”
As part of IAG, Aer Lingus has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.
The supply agreement will see Aer Lingus purchase enough SAF to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by at least 180,000 tonnes, the equivalent of powering 1,000 net zero CO2 emissions flights between Dublin and Los Angeles on an A330 aircraft.
Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Gevo’s sustainable aviation fuel delivers renewable energy to a transportation sector that is actively seeking to reduce its carbon intensity.
“Because our fuel is fungible and drop-in ready, it’s expected to have an immediate impact to help our partner airlines achieve their sustainability targets ahead of schedule.”
The airline says that investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft is another key part of its sustainability programme.
Aer Lingus customers can also offset their flight emissions and support a range of global carbon reduction projects – such as rainforest protection and reforestation programmes.