Singapore’s SAF programme starts new phase

(PHOTO: SIA Group)

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Gen Zero, an investment platform owned by state investor Temasek announced they have embarked on the next phase of a pilot programme with the delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Changi Airport via the airport’s fuel hydrant system. This is the first time blended SAF has been uplifted on to SIA and Scoot departing flights at Changi. Under the pilot programme, 1,000 tonnes of SAF will be supplied by Neste and blended with refined jet fuel at ExxonMobil’s facilities in Singapore. This is expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tonnes.

Han Kok Juan, director-general, CAAS, said “There is broad-based consensus among  government and industry leaders around the world that the decarbonisation of the aviation sector and the achievement of net zero targets set by airlines will require large-scale SAF adoption. This first successful uplift of blended SAF is an important milestone in Singapore’s journey towards sustainable aviation. It shows that the Singapore Changi Airport is SAF-ready. It also provides useful operational learning points on the adoption of SAF which the CAAS is studying as part of our work on a Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint. We target to publish the blueprint early next year.”

Lee Wen Fen, senior vice president Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines, said, “Today marks an important milestone in the SIA Group’s decarbonisation journey, as we uplift a blend of sustainable aviation fuel and jet fuel into our aircraft departing out of Singapore for the first time. Sustainable aviation fuels are a key decarbonisation lever, and this pilot demonstrates our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Working together with our partners, we will continue support the adoption of SAF in Singapore.”

Frederick Teo, Chief Executive Officer, GenZero, said, “We are delighted to see sustainable aviation fuel used on SIA and Scoot flights departing from Changi Airport. We have also been working with our project partners and the Climate Impact X (CIX) global exchange to pilot innovative products for SAF credits. Such credits represent an important way to crowd in financing from environmentally conscious corporates and institutions to reduce the cost premium and encourage greater adoption of SAF to decarbonise global aviation. We look forward to the SAF credits arising from this project being available by the end of the year.”

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