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American Airlines makes move to sustainable jet fuel Tulsa World - DECEMBER 5, 2021 American Airlines, whose largest maintenance base is in Tulsa, announced that it has finalized a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement with a California company. The agreement with Aemetis brings the airline’s total SAF commitment to more than 120 million gallons, a signal of the integral role SAF will play in American’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve its ambitious sustainability goals. The pact also is the result of work with the Oneworld alliance, the first global airline alliance to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 and to publish a pathway for doing so. Oneworld is now the first global airline alliance to announce a SAF purchase. “The American Airlines team is committed to reducing emissions from our operations, and sustainable aviation fuel is the cornerstone of our strategy in this decade,” Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American, said in a statement. “We’re proud to join with our Oneworld partners in supporting the growth of SAF through this agreement with Aemetis, and we’re eager to continue collaborating with like-minded partners to meet aviation’s climate challenge.” The Aemetis news has a two-fold link to Tulsa. American employs about 5,200 people locally at Tech Ops-Tulsa, which is among the city’s most established work venues. Municipal officials approved American’s first lease for the base in 1946. Also, Tulsa-based Emerging Fuels Technology recently worked with a separate California company and the Air Force to make a SAF. American has agreed to take delivery of 16 million gallons of Aemetis SAF annually over a seven-year period beginning in 2024, with fuel delivered to San Francisco International Airport. The SAF will be blended with traditional jet fuel at a 40:60 ratio to align with international standards. “American Airlines is demonstrating its leadership in the reduction of carbon emissions and improving air quality by using Aemetis Carbon Zero sustainable aviation fuel,” Eric McAfee, founder and CEO of Aemetis, said in a statement. “The Aemetis Carbon Zero plant under development at the former Army Ammunitions Plant in Riverbank, California, is designed to utilize zero carbon electricity, carbon negative hydrogen from waste wood and renewable oils along with CO2 sequestration to produce low carbon sustainable aviation fuel.” American took its first delivery of SAF in mid-2020 and expects to use 9 million gallons by 2023. Additionally, American previously announced plans to purchase up to 10 million gallons of carbon-neutral SAF produced by Prometheus Fuels, which uses a novel process to make net-zero carbon transportation fuels. American’s goal is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and the airline was the first in North America to commit to set a science-based intermediate target for the year 2035. Moreover, American recently was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the only passenger carrier to appear on the 2021 index.
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