Airbus and LanzaJet Collaborate to Produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel


Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and LanzaJet, a sustainable fuels technology company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address the aviation sector’s sustainability needs through the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The MOU aims to accelerate the certification and adoption of 100% drop-in SAF, which enables existing aircraft to fly without using fossil fuels. This collaboration is a crucial step in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, which accounts for 2-3% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

LanzaJet’s Proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) Technology: A Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Pathway

LanzaJet’s proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology uses low-carbon ethanol to create SAF that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% compared to fossil fuels. SAF produced through LanzaJet’s ATJ technology is an approved drop-in fuel compatible with existing aircraft and infrastructure. This agreement between Airbus and LanzaJet will establish SAF facilities that use LanzaJet’s technology and advance the certification and adoption of 100% drop-in SAF, which will allow existing aircraft to fly with no fossil fuel.

Collaboration between Airbus and LanzaJet: Accelerating the Adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Julie Kitcher, EVP, Corporate Affairs, and Sustainability at Airbus, says, “With LanzaJet as a trusted partner, we can support the acceleration of the Alcohol-to-Jet SAF production pathway and at scale. This collaboration will also explore technological developments to enable Airbus aircraft to be capable of flying up to 100% SAF before the end of the decade.”

The aviation industry has identified SAF as one of the most immediate solutions to decarbonize aviation, along with the renewal of fleets by latest generation aircraft and better operations. The collaboration between Airbus and LanzaJet is an important step forward in the fight against climate change and enabling the global energy transition.

The Importance of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the Global Energy Transition

LanzaJet’s CEO, Jimmy Samartzis, says, “SAF is the best near-term solution to reducing aviation emissions, and we look forward to continuing our work with Airbus and further growing our joint impact across the globe.” Besides working on the technical aspects and on concrete SAF projects, LanzaJet and Airbus will investigate business opportunities worldwide with airlines and other stakeholders to ensure the increased uptake of SAF.

In conclusion, the collaboration between Airbus and LanzaJet is a significant step forward in reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint and promoting sustainability in the aviation sector. Through this partnership, the two companies aim to accelerate SAF adoption and explore technological developments enabling Airbus aircraft to fly up to 100% SAF before the end of the decade. The aviation industry’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions is crucial to combat climate change and promote a sustainable future.

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