Oneworld Members to Purchase up 200 Million Gallons of SAF Annually From Colorado-Based Gevo
oneworld® Alliance partners have today announced that they will purchase up to 200 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) annually from Colorado-based renewable fuels provider Gevo, with deliveries expected from 2027 for a five-year term.
On Monday (March 21, 2022), oneworld® Alliance announced that their airline members will purchase up to 200 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) annually, from Colorado-based renewable fuels producer Gevo. Delivery of the fuel is expected to commence in 2027 for a five-year term, and will be used by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways for operations in California, including San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles International Airports. In October 2021, the alliance committed to a target of 10 percent SAF use by 2030, as one of oneworld’s core pillars in their plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Oneworld also committed to the purchase of over 350 million gallons of blended SAF from Aemetis in November 2021, for operations at San Francisco, making it the first global alliance to jointly commit to purchasing sustainable aviation fuel.
In today’s announcment, oneworld Chairman and Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,
“As the aviation industry continues to face new challenges, today’s announcement underlines the positive outcome of the multilateral collaboration between industry stakeholders. It reaffirms the leadership of our alliance in supporting the ambitious aviation decarbonisation targets, as well as our active role in driving the use of ICAO recognised SAF at a commercial scale.”
Also commenting on the SAF partnership with Gevo, oneworld’s CEO, Rob Gurney, said,
“Five months ago, we committed as an alliance to a target of 10% sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Today’s announcement of a second major sustainable aviation fuel offtake among member airlines builds further upon that commitment, while demonstrating the value that can be delivered when our member airlines work together.”
Grevo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick R. Gruber, added,
“When oneworld member airlines show they understand the importance of reducing fossil-carbon greenhouse gas emissions, they start making real change in the industry. Eliminating fossil-based emissions from the life-cycle of jet fuel is our mission. Net-Zero SAF is what we all want. I’m pleased that oneworld is on board.”
Grevo’s SAF is expected to be produced using inedible corn products that will be processed to create ethanol, which will then be refined into SAF. The company expects to produce the fuel at three facilities under development in the U.S. Midwest. Gevo’s production process will incorporate renewable energy, including wind turbines, biogas, and combined heat and power systems (CHP) to reduce carbon intensity to net-zero levels.