TotalEnergies and Air France KLM agree sustainable jet fuel deal

TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over a 10-year period starting in 2023.

The fuel will be produced by TotalEnergies at its biorefineries, the statement said, adding that sustainable aviation fuel would allow savings of at least 80% of overall carbon emissions compared with conventional fossil fuels.

Under the deal, TotalEnergies will deliver more than one million cubic metres (mcm) or 800,000 tonnes of SAF, mainly for flights leaving from Air France-KLM’s home countries France and the Netherlands.

In October the airline announced two binding contracts with Neste and DG Fuels for a total volume of 1.6 million tonnes as it seeks to diversify suppliers to reach its target of cutting CO2 emissions by 30% from 2019 levels by 2030.

Sustainable aviation fuel is described by the US Department of Energy fuel as a “biofuel used to power aircraft that has similar properties to conventional jet fuel but with a smaller carbon footprint.” 

These biofuels have been made from resources such as corn grain, algae, forestry, and agricultural residues, among others. Net negative emissions could be brought about by using a biofuel as the hydrocarbon in the slurry with the magnesium hydride.