Singapore Airlines uses Sustainable Fuel blend for first time at Changi Airport

July 12, 2022
Finnish fuel producer Neste is supplying the 1,000 tons of neat SAF under the pilot and this is blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore. The use of blended SAF reduces CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons relative to conventional fuel

Singapore Airlines and partners have completed a key phase in a sustainable aviation fuel pilot, with the blended SAF delivered to Changi Airport through a fuel hydrant system.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Temasek-owned investment platform GenZero are participating in the pilot. This was the first time blended SAF was uplifted for Singapore Airlines and subsidiary flyer Scoot to departing flights at the airport.

Finnish fuel producer Neste is supplying the 1,000 tons of neat SAF under the pilot and this is blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore. The use of blended SAF will reduce CO2 emissions by 2,500 tons, the companies say.

“Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonisation journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time,” Len Wen Fen, senior vice president corporate planning, Singapore Airlines, said in a statement. “Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonization lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Working together with our partners, we will continue support the adoption of SAF in Singapore.”

SAF is created from renewable raw materials such as cooking oil and animal fats from food industry fat. It has the performance requirements of conventional jet fuel but costs more and reduces net emissions. Neste has said it could produce as much as one million metric tons of SAF per year from its refinery in Tuas, according to reports.

The pilot is a follow-up to a study conducted by the Singapore government and industry players on the viability of using SAF at the airport. This pilot will provide insights into end-to-end cost components, pricing structures for cost recovery and future policy considerations for SAF use.

Meanwhile, the sale of 1,000 SAF credits was also announced as part of the pilot. This sale was to begin in July 2022. It will provide customers the ability to reduce their carbon footprint, boost demand for SAF and advance the adoption of SAF for aviation sustainability, the partners hope.