The future of energy
Aviation has always powered progress. Today, more than ever, it plays a vital role in expanding horizons and broadening opportunities to live, learn and work for people all around the world. And future growth will enable even more people, communities and businesses to enjoy the benefits that aviation brings.
But aviation must look to grow responsibly. This means tackling emissions today, with a clear long-term strategy to reach Net-Zero.
Aviation is recognised as a sector where emissions are hard to abate. No single solution or player can deliver the reduction in emissions needed. All parties that benefit from flying must come together, using all available measures to tackle emissions today, for a sustainable tomorrow.
Improved aircraft efficiency
First, by avoiding emissions, through improved aircraft and engine efficiency and by powering ground operations with renewable energy. Lower carbon technologies, such as hydrogen and electricity could eventually play a key role in avoiding emissions. But these are unlikely to have a significant impact until 2040 or later.
Sustainable aviation fuel
Next, by proactively reducing emissions, through the increased use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Made from renewable and waste sources, SAF is a potential game changer. It can be used in today’s aircraft and is capable of reducing lifecycle emissions by up to 80%, compared with conventional jet fuel.1
And finally by offsetting emissions, in the short to medium-term. Until avoid and reduce measures are in place to create impact at scale, the use of carbon credits will play a vital role. Used alongside other measures like SAF, high-quality offsets, such as nature-based solutions, can help aviation tackle net emissions today, ensuring the industry continues to support growth and prosperity, as it builds towards a truly sustainable future.
A sustainable future
Inspired by the Paris Agreement, our drive to help customers towards a sustainable future is grounded in Shell’s own ambition to become a Net-Zero energy Net-Zero energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society.
Work together towards a lower carbon future
Shell Aviation is fully committed to collaborating with all players in the aviation community, to work together towards a lower carbon future. We aim to play our part in full; as a supplier of renewable and conventional fuel, as a technology and innovation partner, and as a strong advocate for solutions that will work today and tomorrow.
Find out more below about how we are collaborating to help reduce emissions and transition to a more sustainable future.
Shell Aviation advocate a three-tiered carbon-management approach to emissions; Avoid, Reduce, Offset. We intend to supply a significant share of the available supply to the market by working with others including the world’s largest producer of SAF, World Energy. We are working to collaborate, to supply and to invest, all with the aspiration of offering SAF as a significant part of our fuels portfolio.
As part of our ambition to become a Net-Zero energy business by 2050, Shell plans to make significant investments in nature-based solutions, helping protect and regenerate natural ecosystems by preserving nature’s ability to absorb CO2.
Remarkably, most fuel consumed by piston aircraft is still leaded. Shell is carrying on its tradition of innovation by developing and testing a safe unleaded fuel for piston aircraft.
Aviation’s window of opportunity - how can we fly and emit less?
How can we fly more and emit less?
Since the first flights, visionaries turned to Shell to help tackle challenges and so enable progress.
Now the aviation industry faces one of its greatest challenges, we all need to work together to avoid, reduce and offset emissions.
Airports play a visible role in reducing emissions. Shell are working with them to achieve this.
In ground operations, Shell electric pump refuellers save fuel and avoid emissions during refuelling.
Around the world, more initatives are being undertaken to increase the supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel:
At San Francisco International Airport, SkyNRG, World Energy and Shell provide leading airlines with a secure supply.
In the Netherlands, Shell’s partners supply the biofuel to the Dutch Airforce, supported by Shell and SkyNRG.
Together, we also provide Swedavia and seven Swedish airports with their necessary supply.
But supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel must increase significantly if it’s to maximise its role in reducing emissions.
In a dedicated test facility in Bangalore, Shell are investing in state-of-the-art IH2 technology, to create fuel from waste.
And, in the UK, Velocys, British Airways and Shell are collaborating to develop a waste-to- renewable-jet fuel plant.
Shell plan to invest $300 million over the next 3 years in nature-based solutions helping to protect and regenerate natural ecosystems, preserving nature’s ability to absorb CO2.
Nature has potential to provide more than a third of the climate solution by 2030*.
Nature-based solutions provide verified carbon credits to compensate for emissions, can the aviation industry afford not to use nature-based carbon credits to tackle its emissions while viable alternatives are secured?
The aviation industry has a window of opportunity to plan for sustainable growth. If you’d like to see how Shell can help you develop the right carbon management strategy for your business... our door is open.
At San Francisco International Airport, SkyNRG, World Energy and Shell provide leading airlines with a secure supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
In the Netherlands, Shell’s partners supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel to the Dutch Airforce, supported by Shell and SkyNRG.
Together, we also supply Swedavia and seven Swedish airports with Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
Navigating the pathway to sustainable aviation
The aviation industry is on its way to returning to the skies, and part of that return must include reducing its contribution to climate change. The current options are limited and complex, but with urgent action and collaboration from multiple stakeholders and consumer demand for sustainable aviation still strong, significant reductions in aviation emissions are possible.
Latest News and Highlights
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