25 June 2021

Cologne Bonn Airport makes Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) available for airlines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Published in Releases and news under Aviation

Neste Corporation, Press Release, 25 June 2021 at 3.00 p.m. (EET)

Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), has set up a supply of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ at Cologne Bonn Airport. By doing so, Neste is helping to meet increasing levels of demand from air freight and corporate customers at Cologne Bonn Airport. AFS, the leading provider for aviation fueling services in Germany, supports Neste to serve this market. The first flight fueled with Neste MY SAF was a cargo flight early June operated by ASL Airlines on behalf of Amazon.

As a forerunner in sustainability, Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the first German airports where Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is now available for all airlines. Since Cologne is a major cargo hub in Germany, the availability of SAF will provide global shippers the opportunity to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions caused by their air freight. The first customer to benefit from this opportunity was Amazon.

“We are proud to be able to offer our airlines sustainable alternative aviation fuels. We are already using numerous technical innovations at Cologne Bonn Airport - from solar panels and LED technology to innovative building services and alternatively powered vehicles and equipment on the apron. Employing Sustainable Aviation Fuel is another important step towards our long-term goal of CO2-neutral flight," explains Johan Vanneste, President & CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH.

“Despite the challenging business environment, the aviation industry, and the cargo sector in particular, is showing increased commitment to invest in sustainable aviation fuel in order to offer lower-carbon fuels to its customers,” says Jonathan Wood, Vice President Europe, Renewable Aviation at Neste. “We are really pleased to welcome Cologne Bonn Airport to the growing network of airports with SAF availability, and look forward to making further progress in reducing aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions.”

Neste Corporation

Susanna Sieppi
Vice President, Communications

Further information: Please contact Neste’s media service tel. +358 50 458 5076 / media@neste.com (weekdays from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. EET).

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™

Neste’s SAF is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the life cycle, its use can reduce up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use*. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel gives an immediate solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of flying. It can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, requiring no extra investments into them. Prior to use, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is blended with fossil jet fuel and is then certified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel annual production capacity is currently 100,000 tons (approximately 34 million gallons). With the Singapore refinery expansion on the way and an additional investment into the Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tons (515 million gallons) of SAF annually in 2023. Neste is actively working with partners through the supply chain to grow the availability of SAF for the aviation industry globally. The fuel is already available, used in the market and supplied to commercial airlines, business aviation customers and at several airports in Europe and North America, as well as in Asia in Japan.

*) Calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, among which EU RED and CORSIA.

Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. We refine waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. We are the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel, developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge. We aim at helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, we are also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 11.8 billion, with 94% of the company’s comparable operating profit coming from renewable products. Read more: neste.com

Cologne Bonn Airport in brief

Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the most important commercial airports in Germany and the 8th largest European cargo airport. Geographically, it is located in one of the most densely populated and one of the largest import and export regions in Europe. About 16 million people live and work within a 100-kilometer radius of the airport. With passenger traffic and air cargo, Cologne Bonn operates two almost equally large business segments. The Airport is the center of mobility and logistics and is of outstanding importance for the people and companies in North Rhine-Westphalia. Visit www.cologne-bonn-airport.com and www.cologne-bonn-cargo.com.