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Neste and Shell sign agreement to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel

Anticipating increasing desire from airlines to reduce emissions, Neste and Shell Aviation have entered into a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement.


This agreement significantly increases the supply and availability of SAF for the aviation industry with effect from October 2020. It brings together Neste’s expertise in the production and supply of renewable diesel and SAF with Shell Aviation’s world-class credentials in supplying and managing fuel around the world.

The aviation industry is essential for global business, generating growth and facilitating economic recovery. It also enables people to travel and goods to be transported rapidly across the globe. But if we are to address aviation-related emissions, we need to utilize all the available solutions. SAF offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft with an immediate potential to reduce aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions. We are fully committed to supporting the aviation industry, its customers and corporates with their emission reduction targets.

—Thorsten Lange, Executive Vice President for Renewable Aviation at Neste

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is made from sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the lifecycle it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuels.

The fuel gives an immediate solution for reducing the direct carbon emissions of flying. It can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, requiring no extra investment.

Prior to use, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is blended with fossil jet fuel and is then certified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel annual capacity is currently 100,000 tons. With the Singapore refinery expansion on the way, and with possible additional investment into the Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tons of SAF annually by 2023.

Neste is actively working with partners through the supply chain to grow the availability of SAF for the aviation industry globally.

With one of the most extensive refuelling networks in the world Shell Aviation supplies fuel, lubricants, and sustainable solutions in more than 60 countries. Customers range from the world’s largest airlines to private pilots.



There are three candidates for low carbon aviation: battery electric, H2 and low fossil carbon liquid fuels.
Battery may be OK for very short flights, but hasn't the energy density for much over 500 miles.
H2 takes a lot of space to store and transport, and is usually sourced from natural gas.
This leaves low fossil carbon liquids, which seem like the best bet for now.
Alternately, why not grow trees for sequestration, i.e. grow trees, and turn them straight to coal.
Or, stop burning coal in power stations and use gas or wind.
Perhaps the aviation industry could do offsets with coal plants where they would fund and build alternate power sources and offset their liquid HCs with coal.
The key thing here is that they have to actually do it and build the new plants, not just buy some permits on an exchange somewhere.


Less fossil carbon and sulfur but a lot of NOx, a greenhouse gas.


Some think H2 burned directly in jet engines will be used to climb to altitude; fuel cells, buffer batteries and electric motors for cruising and descent, with jet engines burning H2 on standby for wave offs.

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