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Ryanair Purchases 1,000 Tonnes of SAF From Shell for use at London Stansted Airport

Ryanair has purchased 1,000 tonnes of SAF from Shell, which will be supplied to the carrier at London Stansted Airport.  This follows a MoU signed by the parties in 2022 for the purchase of up to 360,000 tonnes of SAF from 2025-2030.

Ryanair Accelerates Their Road to Sustainability With the Purchase of 1,000 Tonnes of SAF From Shell - Courtesy Ryanair

On Thursday (March 28, 2024), Ryanair announced the purchase of 1,000 tonnes of SAF from Shell for use at London Stansted Airport, as part of the carrier’s goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  This SAF purchase follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two parties in 2022 for the purchase of up to 360,000 tonnes of SAF between 2025 and 2030, potentially saving up to 900,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.  The 1,000 tonnes of SAF is enough to fuel 200 flights between Stansted and Madrid.

Speaking at London Stansted on Thursday, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability and Finance, Thomas Fowler, said,

“Ryanair continues to lead the way in sustainable aviation.  As demonstrated today at Stansted, by using SAF, the latest engine technologies and electric ground handling equipment, we are making significant investments to decarbonise our operations and achieve our commitments of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and 25% less CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2031.  Our partners at Shell and MAG are key enablers of these goals, and today’s announcement of Ryanair’s purchase of 1,000 tonnes of SAF from Shell is testament to that.  We will continue to work with our partners across the network to make every Ryanair flight as environmentally efficient as possible.”  

Also commenting on the SAF collaboration, Shell’s General Manager – Aviation Europe and South Africa, Ashleigh McDougall, added,


“Shell is delighted to have started supplying sustainable aviation fuel to Ryanair at Stansted Airport, helping a valued customer reduce emissions on flights from a crucial UK transport hub. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to supply SAF to Ryanair in 2022, we’re pleased to see intentions converted into actions as we continue to support our customers on their decarbonisation journeys.”  


Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline carries over 150 million passengers annually with more than 2,500 daily departures.  Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of nearly 600 aircraft including Boeing 737NGs, Boeing 737-8200 Gamechangers and Airbus A320s with Lauda.  Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for nearly 40 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the ‘Big 4 EU major airlines.’  The company continues to grow across Europe and plans on carrying 300 million passengers annually by FY 2034. 



Source: Ryanair


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