Cebu Pacific eyes purchase of sustainable aviation fuel from Neste

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Alex Reyes (left), Chief Strategy Officer of Cebu Pacific, and Sami Jauhiainen (right), Vice President of Asia-Pacific Renewable Aviation of Neste, signs MoU exploring the supply and purchase of sustainable aviation fuel. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific.
  • Cebu Pacific signed an agreement to explore the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel from Neste
  • The aviation industry aims for a net-zero carbon goal by 2050, with SAF usage playing a significant role
  • Cebu Pacific plans to transition to an all-Airbus NEO fleet by 2028 and employ blended SAF across its entire commercial network by 2030
  • SAF offers potential to cut air travel carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel

Cebu Pacific signed an agreement to explore sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply and purchase from Neste, a Finland-based leading producer of SAF.

“Carbon emissions are a pressing concern in the aviation industry. To this end, Cebu Pacific has laid out initiatives to address our emissions footprint, with a primary focus on integrating SAF in its operations. This will consequently minimize the environmental impact generated from our flights,” Cebu Pacific chief strategy officer Alex Reyes said in a statement.

SAF is an eco-friendly aviation fuel that can potentially reduce air travel carbon emissions by up to 80% when compared to conventional jet fuel.

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.4% of global carbon emissions and aims to achieve a net-zero carbon goal by 2050, with SAF usage contributing significantly to this goal.

Cebu Pacific’s partnership with Neste aligns with its efforts to minimize environmental impact and support the industry’s aspiration to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Sami Jauhiainen, acting executive vice president of the renewable aviation business unit at Neste, said: “Sustainable aviation fuel is a readily available solution for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. We are proud that we are going to support Cebu Pacific’s commitment to reduce their environmental impact by using our Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and we look forward to build the cooperation with CEB in the future.”

In September 2022, Cebu Pacific operated its first SAF-powered passenger flight from Singapore to Manila, making it the first low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia and the first Philippine airline to use SAF in commercial operations.

Another SAF-powered commercial flight from Narita (Tokyo) to Manila is scheduled for October 25.

Cebu Pacific aims to transition to an all-Airbus NEO fleet by 2028 and plans to use blended SAF for its entire commercial network by 2030.