IAG Secures Ground-breaking e-SAF Deal with Twelve, Marking Milestone in Sustainability Efforts

The International Airlines Group (IAG) has taken a significant step forward in its sustainability endeavours by announcing its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchase agreement to date. In a landmark deal with e-SAF producer Twelve, IAG has secured a fourteen-year contract to procure 785,000 tonnes of advanced e-SAF, powering its European airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and LEVEL.

The agreement with Twelve, based in Berkeley, California, underscores IAG’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry. The next-generation e-SAF, produced through power-to-liquid technology, boasts a remarkable reduction of up to 90% in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. With this deal, IAG has now secured one-third of the SAF needed to achieve its ambitious 2030 target of flying with 10% SAF.

Luis Gallego, CEO of IAG, emphasised the significance of the partnership, stating, “The shortage of sustainable fuel globally continues to be a problem for our industry although innovative companies like Twelve are an important part of the solution. This new deal will contribute towards our 2030 SAF target.”

Twelve’s Co-Founder and CEO, Nicholas Flanders, echoed this sentiment, expressing pride in the collaboration. “We are proud to partner with IAG on this historic deal to advance sustainable aviation with our e-SAF that has up to 90% lower emissions than conventional jet fuel,” Flanders stated.

The agreement with Twelve is a strategic move for IAG and a pioneering step in the aviation industry. The utilisation of e-SAF, which bypasses feedstock limitations and boasts a smaller environmental footprint, represents a paradigm shift in sustainable aviation.

The partnership with Twelve comes on the heels of IAG’s continued efforts to invest in sustainable aviation initiatives. The Group’s Project Speedbird in the UK, which focuses on ethanol-to-jet fuel conversion, recently received a £9 million grant from the UK Government’s Advanced Fuels Fund.

The announcement of the e-SAF deal also garnered recognition for IAG, as the Group was honoured with the ‘SAF Offtake Deal of the Year’ award at the inaugural SAF Investor Conference and Awards held in London.