Southwest Airlines announced a purchase agreement with USA BioEnergyLLC (“USA BioEnergy”), for up to 680 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
On the duration of the agreement 20 yearsonce mixed with conventional jet fuel, the SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) could produce the equivalent of 2.59 billion gallons of fuel and avoid 30 million tons of CO2. Southwest plans to begin purchasing SAF from USA BioEnergy’s facility near Bon Wier, Texas, as soon as 2028. Additionally, as part of the purchase agreement, Southwest and USA BioEnergy established a long-term strategic relationship providing Southwest with the opportunity to purchase, in connection with another project, 180 million gallons of SAF per year from planned future production facilities.
“This purchasing agreement with USA BioEnergy marks significant progress in the development of our SAF portfolio and furthers our goal of replacing 10% of our total jet fuel consumption with SAF by 2030”said Michael AuBuchon, general manager of fuel strategy and management at Southwest Airlines. “We look forward to the opportunity to grow our strategic relationship with USA BioEnergy and potentially purchase more SAF from them in the future.” »
“Our agreement with Southwest Airlines aligns perfectly with Southwest’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and USA BioEnergy’s goal to become the leading carbon-negative fuel producer.”said David Prom, Chairman of the Board of Co-Founder of USA BioEnergy. “USA BioEnergy is excited to work with Southwest on this initial project and, potentially, on future sites that we may add to our pipeline. »
Southwest Airlines recognizes the essential role that sustainable fuel (SAF) commercially viable, will play in the carrier’s strategy to achieve its carbon targets in the short and long term and takes steps to forge relationships across the aviation value chain to proactively address challenges on the path to its goal. ofnet zero carbon emissions from here 2050.