Cepsa and Vueling have signed an agreement to accelerate the decarbonization of air transport by researching and producing sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
Both companies prioritize the development of these sustainable fuels as a tool to further reduce the carbon footprint of air transport and contribute to the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the fight against climate change.
These fuels will be produced from circular raw materials that do not compete with food resources, such as used edible oils, non-food animal waste or biodegradable waste from various industries, and will reduce aircraft emissions by up to 80 % compared to conventional kerosene.
The partnership will also work on the development of new energy alternatives such as renewable hydrogen and the electrification of Vueling’s land fleets, which include refueling vehicles, baggage loading and unloading operations and aircraft assistance.
Carlos Barrasa, Director of Commercial and Clean Energies, said: “Agreements like the one signed today with Vueling continue to reinforce our commitment to transforming the air transport model into a more sustainable alternative. It is a privilege to walk this path with customers who share our commitment to sustainable mobility and the fight against climate change.
Marco Sansavini, CEO of Vueling, added: “Vueling is fully committed to the environment. We are part of IAG, which in October 2019 became the first airline group in the world to commit to net zero carbon emissions through its Flight Path Net Zero Program. This collaboration with Cepsa reinforces the collective work we all need to do to find a viable and sustainable solution for air transport, a key industry in a country where 80% of tourists travel by plane.”
This agreement is in line with the European Commission’s Fit for 55 package, which includes a legislative initiative called “RefuelEU Aviation” which aims to increase the supply and demand of biofuels for aviation in the European Union to 2% of use by 2025, 5% by 2030 and 63% by 2050.