Total has started to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery, in southern France, and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre, with a schedule to start production in 2024 at its zero-crude Grandpuits platform, southeast of Paris, according to Total’s press release.
All of these sustainable aviation fuels will be made of animal fat, cooking oil, and other waste and residue sourced from the circular economy.
This production project will enable Total to respond to the new French legislation, requiring aircrafts to use at least 1% biojet fuel by 2022, 2% by 2025, and 5% by 2030. All shall be from its production sites in France.
The SAF is a step of Total’s active pursuit to develop strategic paths to meet the challenge of carbon neutrality, as biojet fuels help reduce CO2 emissions from air transportation.
Bernard Pinatel, President of Refining & Chemicals at Total, commented: “By producing sustainable aviation fuel at our French sites today, we are able to respond to strong demand from an aviation industry looking to reduce its carbon footprint, while adapting our industrial resources.”