Eni, SEA extend biofuel partnership to cover commercial flights

The Milan Malpensa airport. Image source: Milan Malpensa.

February 8 (Renewables Now) - Italian oil and gas company Eni SpA (BIT:ENI) has entered into an agreement with airports operator SEA to promote decarbonisation initiatives in the aviation sector, including the supply of biofuels for commercial flights.

The deal is an extension of the collaboration that started in December 2021 and involved the supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) for private flights. It also covers the supply of pure Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) biofuel for ground transportation.

SEA, which operates the Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports, aims to achieve zero net emissions by the end of the decade, which, it says, is 20 years ahead of most comparable international commitments.

"Eni started producing SAFs a few months ago with a mix containing 0.5% of used cooking oil, but there are also plans to develop Eni Biojet soon. This will be made exclusively from waste materials such as UCO or animal fats and can be used in a blend with conventional jet fuel of up to 50%,” said Umberto Carrara, director of Green/Traditional Refining and Market at Eni.

The company's objective is to produce some 200,000 tonnes per year by 2024 and to double production by 2030, the director added.

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