Emirates announced the signing of an agreement with Shell Aviation to provide more 1.1 million liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) intended for its Dubai hub.
The first delivery of SAF under this agreement is expected to begin before the end of the year. This is the first time that SAF has been supplied through the Dubai International Airport (DXB) refueling system. “This agreement is a further step in Emirates’ environmental strategy, structured around three key areas: reducing emissions, responsible consumption and conservation of wildlife and habitats.“, recalled the Emirati airline in its press release.
As part of the agreement, Emirates will track SAF delivery and usage data through Avelia, one of the world’s first blockchain-powered SAF solutions. Avelia is powered by Shell Aviation and Accenture, with support from Energy Web as well as American Express Global Business Travel. Through Avelia, Emirates will purchase physical SAF and associated environmental attributes. This will contribute to the decarbonization of its Scope 1 emissions, while the Scope 3 environmental attributes associated with the same physical SAF will be purchased by Shell Corporate Travel to help decarbonize its related business travel. With the use of Avelia, the agreement illustrates how airlines and businesses can share the environmental benefits of SAF.
“We hope that this collaboration will continue to grow to ensure continued supply of SAF to our hub, as there are currently no SAF production facilities in the UAE“, said Emirates Chairman Tim Clark. And to add: “Aviation plays a vital role in Dubai and the wider UAE economy. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with like-minded organizations and government entities to find viable solutions to introduce more SAF. It is a fuel that is currently in extremely limited supply in the aviation fuel supply chain, and this agreement helps support Emirates’ efforts to reduce emissions across its operations.“