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Eni agrees to supply Ryanair in Italy with 100 thousand tons of biofuel

01/30/2024 - 06:13

Ryanair, the biggest budget airline in Europe, and Enilive, a division of Eni, have inked agreements of intent to deliver SAF clean-burning biofuel between 2025 and 2030 to many Italian airports that the Irish airline serves.

Nabil Molinari
Nabil Molinari
The goal is to sell 100,000 tons (33 million gallons) of fuel during those years, which is the same as 20,000 flights from Milan-Malpensa Airport to Dublin, according to a joint press statement.

Only a small portion of the world's current aviation fuel usage is made from plant-based feedstocks that have a low carbon footprint (SAF, sustainable aviation fuel).

Enilive produces Eni Biojet, which can be blended with conventional jet fuel up to 50%, using mostly waste products as feedstock at its biorefineries in Italy. These materials include animal fats, leftover cooking oil, and wastes from the agri-food industry.

The new ReFuelEU Aviation regulations from the EU mandate that aircraft utilize 2% biofuel starting in 2025, rising the figure to 6% in 2030 and 70% in 2050.