JetBlue has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fidelis New Energy for the supply of at least 92 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Under the MoU, Fidelis is expected to begin delivering the fuel from its Grön Fuels GigaSystem facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana in 2025.
The airline says Fidelis’ negative carbon intensity SAF will support its goal of converting 10% of its total fuel usage to SAF on a blended basis by 2030.
“JetBlue is proud of our work to champion a more sustainable aviation industry and fly regularly using SAF today. But with SAF being less than 1% of our total fuel usage, we need significantly more supply to reach our 2040 net zero target,” said Sara Bogdan, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance at JetBlue.
The Grön Fuels facility integrates carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and biomass energy with CCS (BECCS) to produce SAF with negative lifecycle carbon intensity. Additionally, it is designed to use a wide range of existing and emerging low carbon intensity feedstocks to produce the fuel.
The facility has the capacity to produce an estimated 65,000 barrels per day of SAF, renewable diesel, as well as other low carbon products.
“The aviation industry continues to increase its demand for SAF with JetBlue leading the way,” Bengt Jarlsjo, Fidelis Co-Founder and COO, said in a statement. “The scale of the Grön Fuels GigaSystem will not only help serve this growing need but our commitment to innovative design enables us to do so in the most efficient manner.”
The move to SAF can sequester close to 5 million metric tons of CO2 year from the facility, according to Fidelis.
JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom.