TUI and Spanish oil company join forces to fly greener

by Lorraine Williamson
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Flying greener, is that possible? According to the travel organisation TUI and the Spanish oil company Cepsa, yes. This week, both organisations signed an agreement to promote the production and supply of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

It’s no big secret that flying isn’t good for the climate. Nevertheless, a large majority travellers continue to opt for this mode of transport. Consequently, efforts are being made on several sides to make other modes of transport more attractive. However, the airline industry is also working on ‘greener travel’ and sustainable fuel options. 

What is SAF fuel? 

SAF, or Sustainable Aviation Fuel, is made from renewable raw materials (waste and residues) and is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. At present, SAF is a fuel that is mixed up to 50% with traditional fuel. Technological developments will significantly reduce dependence on fossil fuels in the future. 

Although not all experts agree on the percentage yet, TUI and Cepsa claim that the switch to SAF fuel can reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to regular kerosene. 

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Spain important market for TUI 

TUI has been working with Cepsa for some time to supply kerosene for aircraft, buses and cruise ships. The travel company is working with key partners to develop plans to reduce emissions. Spain, and in particular the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, is an important destination for TUI and therefore this is a goal that Cepsa is happy to contribute to. 

Collaboration part of Fit for 55 of the European Commission 

The collaboration between TUI and Cepsa falls under the objectives of the package of measures from the European Commission, called “Fit for 55”. This plan imposes an obligation on organisations to use at least 2% of sustainable aviation fuel by 2025. that percentage should be 5% and by 2050 at least 63% of the fuel should be sustainable. 

This package was presented within the EU in July 2021 and entails reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. 

Also read: Flying from Spain to the US can be a lot greener with biofuel

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