Emirates, Shell Aviation Sign Deal To Procure SAF For Dubai hub


Emirates, the UAE's flagship carrier, has entered into an arrangement with Shell Aviation to acquire approximately 300,000 gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel for use at its international hub in Dubai as part of its continuous commitment to sustainability. The first SAF supply under this cooperation is planned to begin before the end of this year, making Dubai International Airport the first to use biofuel.

Emirates has stressed that this agreement reinforces its environmental policy, which is based on three key pillars: lowering emissions, practicing responsible consumerism, and protecting species and ecosystems.

Emirates President Tim Clarke said: “We hope that this collaboration develops further to provide an ongoing future supply of SAF in our hub, as there are currently no production facilities for SAF in the UAE.”  

He added: “We look forward to continue collaborating with like-minded organizations and government entities to look at viable solutions that introduce more SAF, a fuel that is currently extremely limited in supply, into the aviation fuel supply chain and support Emirates’ efforts to reduce emissions across our operations.” 

Shell Corporate Travel Vice President Chu Yong-Yi described this agreement as a significant milestone in the aviation industry’s journey toward achieving zero emissions, as per arabnews.

“This agreement marks a step forward for the aviation industry in the UAE. Enabling SAF to be supplied at DXB for the first time is an important milestone and a perfect example of how the different parts of the aviation value chain have a role to play in unlocking progress on SAF,” said Yong-Yi.

He added: “We hope that this can act as a springboard for more action on SAF across the aviation industry in the UAE and region, delivering another step forward for our net zero emissions journey.”

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