- How many tons of SAF will be produced per year
- A statement from the President of Shell Netherlands
Shell announced Thursday that it will convert a huge fuel refinery in the Netherlands to create nearly half a million tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year. The news comes as major airlines have committed to cutting their carbon emissions by moving away from fossil fuels. Plans call for the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam facility to be “among the biggest in Europe to produce SAF and renewable diesel made from waste,” Shell said in a statement.
Another of the world’s largest airlines, British Airways (BA), is planning to team up with BP to source SAF for all flights between London, and the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh during a climate change summit in Glasgow later this year. This month, President Biden challenged aviation industry leaders to create 3 billion gallons of SAF by 2030, setting a goal for a carbon-free U.S. aviation sector by 2050. The White House said it will offer tax incentives to push airlines and other industry stakeholders toward reaching the carbon-free benchmark.
Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Netherlands BV said: “Shell has been on the road to a lower-carbon future for some time. This investment is an important step as we transform the Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam from a traditional refinery into a sustainable energy park. The project will mean hundreds of millions of dollars of investment each year during construction, it will create hundreds of jobs, and help to maintain the facility’s competitiveness for years to come.”