tonnes of greenhouse gases saved from SAF purchased in 2022

five times higher than the saving in 2021



Typical reduction of carbon emissions

compared to fossil jet fuel



aviation group to commit to SAF uptake target by 2030




investment in SAF usage agreements

What is sustainable aviation fuel? 

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is chemically almost identical to kerosene. SAF is certified to international standards to ensure it is safe to use in existing aircraft and airports. The feedstocks for these fuels - currently waste materials such as used cooking oil, municipal waste or waste wood - absorb or avoid greenhouse gases before this carbon is recycled into fuel and then used.

IAG ensures its SAF complies with strict sustainability certification schemes to ensure the feedstocks come from sustainable sources, and that the production processes conserve water and energy and have minimal wider impacts.

What role will SAF play in our transition plan? 

SAF reduces carbon emissions typically by 80% or more compared with conventional jet fuel. IAG is on track to deliver a 100-fold increase in its SAF volumes between 2022 and 2030 and expects to use SAF for 70% of total fuel in 2050.

In 2021, the Group set a target of using one million tonnes of SAF a year by 2030, dependent on appropriate government policy support. This volume will save as much greenhouse gases as taking one million cars off the road per year.

Our targets



SAF target by 2030



of SAF towards 2030 target already procured



expectation for SAF to cover 70% of total fuel by 2050

Key SAF partnerships

Partner Project name if relevant Production location Planned production start
Phllllps 66   Humber, UK In production
Neste   Finland; Singapore 2026
LanzaJet Freedom Pines Georgia, USA End 2023
aemetis oneWorld California. USA 2024
LanzaTech Project Dragon South Wales, UK 2025
Gevo   Minnesota, USA 2026
Velocys2 Bayou Fuels Mississippi, USA 2026
LanzaJet/NovaPangaea2 Speedbird Teesside, UK 2026
Velocys2 Altaito Immingham, UK 2027

1. Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method 2. Includes carbon capture and storage.