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Singapore Airlines and Scoot set target to use sustainable aviation fuel for 5% of total fuel requirements by 2030

Singapore Airlines and Scoot set target to use sustainable aviation fuel for 5% of total fuel requirements by 2030

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its subsidiary Scoot have set an ambitious target to replace 5% of their total fuel requirements with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by 2030, as part of the SIA Group's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and aligns with the broader goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Sustainable aviation fuels are emerging as a vital component in the aviation industry's decarbonisation strategy. They have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% over their lifecycle compared to traditional jet fuels, improving environmental sustainability.

The Group is currently in discussions with fuel suppliers to explore opportunities for purchasing sustainable aviation fuels. These discussions are part of a broader engagement with partners to understand the operational and commercial aspects necessary for the widespread adoption of SAF.

SIA's involvement in Singapore’s International Advisory Panel (IAP) for the development of a sustainable air hub blueprint further highlights its commitment to this cause. The Group is actively contributing to the creation of a decarbonisation roadmap for Singapore's aviation sector.

In recent years, SIA has undertaken several initiatives to understand and incorporate sustainable aviation practices. In 2017, in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), SIA operated 12 flights from San Francisco to Singapore, integrating SAF, fuel-efficient aircraft, and optimised flight operations. In 2020, SIA partnered with Stockholm’s Swedavia Airport for a year-long project that included using a blend of jet fuel and SAF for flights between Stockholm and Moscow.

A notable achievement was the 20-month SAF pilot concluded in September 2023, in collaboration with SIA, CAAS, and GenZero. This pilot involved importing, blending, and using 1,000 tonnes of neat SAF in Singapore, leading to approximately 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide reductions. The pilot affirmed Singapore's readiness for sustainable fuel use and demonstrated the viability of transactions in SAF credits.

SIA's initiatives, including sharing its learnings and supporting the adoption of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Book & Claim System, are integral in fostering corporate support for SAF and promoting its adoption on a larger scale. These efforts are not just about achieving corporate sustainability goals but also about contributing to a global shift towards a more sustainable aviation industry.

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