Gazprom Neft and Aeroflot join forces to develop “green” aviation fuel

Gazprom Neft has entered into an agreement with Aeroflot to cooperate in the production of Russia’s first ever sustainable aviation fuel with a minimal carbon footprint (SAF), under a document signed by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov and CEO of ‘Aeroflot Mikhail Poluboyarinov at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum. *

This partnership between Gazprom Neft and Aeroflot provides for companies to develop effective formulations of aviation fuel that fully comply with international requirements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and the CORSIA environmental program of the International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO). ** The new aviation fuel will be adapted for use on various types of aircraft, and will be certified to Russian and international aviation safety standards. A Russian SAF development working group is also expected to include Russian and international aircraft manufacturers.

“We can see that, given the need to reduce the intensity of hydrocarbons in air transport, there is potentially a considerable demand for ‘green’ fuel: from the aviation industry in our own country and from the world. whole. Gazprom Neft’s technological and R&D skills allow the company to become actively involved in the development of a product of this type. The main research center for this will be the Gazprom Neft Industrial Innovation Technology Center in St. Petersburg. And the partnership with Russia’s leading airline can only make the process of developing low-fuel aviation fuel even more efficient.

Alexander Dioukov
Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom Neft

“Ecology is fast becoming one of the most important issues in aviation – and the pandemic has only made this even more relevant. Respect for the environment has always been a priority for the Aeroflot group. The modernization of the fleet and the use of modern airliners have enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint by 30% over the past 10 years. The agreement signed with Gazprom Neft on the development of sustainable aviation fuel marks a major step forward in improving respect for the environment. Many international air carriers are starting to use FAS on a trial basis and plan to increase their use of this fuel proportionately over the next 10 to 20 years. We are happy to reaffirm our commitment to the environmental priorities of the aviation industry, but it is, at the same time, very important for the Aeroflot Group that the use of SAF makes sense not only from an environmental point of view, but also from an environmental point of view. economic plan. “

Mikhail Poluboyarinov

Mikhail Poluboyarinov
CEO, Aeroflot

Notes for Editors

* SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) is an aviation fuel with a low carbon footprint, produced from vegetable raw materials. The use of FAS can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.

** CORSIA (the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) is a global system of market-based measures aimed at offsetting CO2 emissions caused by air transport through innovation in aircraft construction and operating procedures. aircraft, and the use of environmentally friendly alternative fuels.

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