Air New Zealand’s first shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrives in the country on Sunday.
SAF’s 1.2 million liter shipment was a drop in the bucket compared to the 1.4 billion liters of fossil fuel the airline uses on an annual basis.
“It’s part of our journey to reach at least 1% of [biofuel] which we will be using this year,” said Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran.
Blending biofuel with traditional fossil fuels to reduce carbon was part of the airline’s decarbonization plan.
The fuel, made in Finland, was made from recycled tallow or cooking oil. However, Air New Zealand was investigating whether the biofuel could be made locally.
“We’re looking at something that could potentially use woody biomass, so clippings from pruned trees,” he said, adding that it would likely require a capital investment of around $500 million to $700 million.
Foran said the process would be expensive to set up, but worth it in the long run.
“It’s quite expensive, but we’re talking about our long-term future, and you know, I think that could be a very good thing,” he said, adding that the company was looking into the feasibility of putting set up such a factory in cooperation. with the government.