Singapore Airlines Group Procures Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Neste for Changi Airport Operations

In a recent development within the aviation industry, the Singapore Airlines Group (SIA Group) has entered into an agreement with Neste, the supplier of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), to integrate SAF into their fuel mix. This agreement signals SIA and Scoot, both part of the SIA Group, as the first airlines to receive SAF at Changi Airport from Neste’s Singapore refinery.

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The contract details the purchase of 1,000 tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, which, according to lifecycle assessments, is capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% in its unblended form. The SAF will be blended with conventional jet fuel to meet the stringent safety specifications set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

This fuel delivery, to be split into two batches for the second and fourth quarters of 2024, aligns with the recent expansion of Neste’s Singapore refinery, which has elevated its production capacity to one million tonnes of SAF annually. This expansion situates the refinery as a prominent player in the global SAF market.

Ms. Lee Wen Fen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Singapore Airlines, conveyed the significance of this initiative for the group, emphasizing its alignment with their objective of incorporating a minimum of 5% SAF in their total fuel uplift by 2030. She highlighted the role of collaboration in achieving long-term decarbonization targets and the broader benefits of sustainable aviation for future generations.

Alexander Kueper, Vice President Renewable Aviation at Neste, remarked on the significance of the agreement for the company and the region, noting Singapore’s pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific aviation market and expressing hope for the wider adoption of SAF.

This agreement not only underscores the SIA Group’s commitment to its environmental objectives but also demonstrates Neste’s logistical and production capabilities in the realm of SAF supply. The move is anticipated to encourage other carriers in the region to consider similar sustainability strategies, potentially influencing a broader shift towards reduced emissions in the aviation industry.

The collaboration between SIA Group and Neste thus represents a noteworthy step in the aviation sector’s journey toward sustainability, with potential implications for the industry’s approach to addressing climate change on a global scale.