IAG reaches one-third of 2030 SAF target with major e-SAF deal with Twelve

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchase agreement to date, with e-SAF (power-to-liquid) producer Twelve, which will supply
advanced e-SAF made from made from CO2, water and renewable energy. Under the terms of the fourteen-year contract, Twelve will supply IAG with 785,000 tonnes* of e-SAF to support its five European airlines (British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL). The next-generation fuel will reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% versus conventional jet fuel. IAG is the first European airline group to announce an e-SAF deal, and the agreement will enable IAG to continue increasing its SAF use, which was approximately 12% of the world’s supply in 2023.**

This deal brings the scale-up of e-SAF, produced using power-to-liquid technology, one step closer to reaching its full potential in the aviation industry. e-SAF does not face feedstock limitations, has a high degree of emissions reduction versus conventional jet fuel and has a relatively low land and water-use footprint.

Twelve, based in Berkeley, California, is a pioneer and a world leader in carbon transformation and power-to-liquid technology. The company has developed and patented a proprietary process that can produce high-quality synthetic fuels from renewable electricity and CO2. The company is constructing a demonstration plant in Moses Lake, Washington, which will supply the first SAF deliveries to IAG starting as early as 2025. The two companies first began partnering in 2020, when Twelve joined IAG’s Hangar 51 start-up accelerator programme to commercialise Twelve’s technology. The new Twelve partnership is a major step forward for IAG on its journey towards 2030, when it has committed as a Group to fly with 10% SAF—the first European airline group to set this target. IAG has now secured one-third of the SAF needed to reach its 2030 target.

Luis Gallego, IAG’s CEO said: “We have a roadmap to achieve net zero by 2050 including a target to fly with 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel by 2030. The shortage of sustainable fuel globally continues to be a problem for our industry although innovative companies like Twelve are an important part of the solution.

“This new deal will contribute towards our 2030 SAF target. We would like to see similar projects scale in Europe, and we look forward to working with governments across our key markets to build a SAF industry to deliver jobs, economic growth and a stable supply of SAF.”

Nicholas Flanders, Twelve’s Co-Founder and CEO said: “We are proud to partner with IAG on this historic deal to advance sustainable aviation with our e-SAF that has up to 90% lower emissions than conventional jet fuel. Our power-to-liquid E-Jet fuel offers industry-leading emissions reduction potential with the added benefits of an abundant feedstock supply and significantly smaller land and water footprints compared to alternative SAF pathways.”

This deal is the largest e-SAF commitment announced by any European airline group, which earned IAG an award for ‘SAF Offtake Deal of the Year’, at the inaugural SAF Investor Conference and Awards, in London on 27 February.

As part of its sustainability roadmap, IAG is also investing in new aircraft and implementing fuel efficiency initiatives, purchasing and investing in SAF, and advancing carbon removals to mitigate any residual emissions from its operations.

Most recently the Group’s Project Speedbird in the UK – an ethanol-to-jet fuel project between LanzaJet, Nova Pangaea and British Airways – was granted £9 million from the UK Government’s Advanced Fuels Fund.

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