Neste Makes SAF Supply Available for All Operators at San Francisco International Airport


It was a little more than a year ago that Neste began supplying San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with its first gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Today, because of their partnership, more than 3.5 million gallons have been delivered to SFO, which is one of the first airports in the United States to have a continuous supply of SAF for all commercial, cargo and private aircraft operators.


SAF is a clean substitute for fossil jet fuels and is produced from 100% renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal waste fat.  SAF in neat form can reduce CO2 emissions as much as 80% and can be used with existing engines when blended with traditional "Jet-A" fuel.


Neste and SFO worked along with a group of key stakeholders, including fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies in a collaborative effort to accelerate the global and local transition to SAF. Since then, SFO’s SAF Stakeholder Working Group now includes nearly 150 members. Each provides a crucial voice in identifying and addressing infrastructure challenges to accelerate SAF delivery to the airport.


Neste also partnered with two business aviation entities at SFO – Signature Flight Support and NetJets – to increase the use of SAF in business and private aviation sectors. Since it began providing SAF to its customers, Signature Flight Support has reported a 10,000-tonne reduction in aircraft CO2 emissions.

“This is a major milestone in our goal to make SFO a hub for the use of SAF in our pursuit of net zero carbon,” SFO Airport Director Ivar Satero said. “By focusing on the entire supply chain process, achievements like this one have the power to transform the landscape of our entire industry.” SFO is aiming to become the world’s first triple zero airport – net zero carbon, zero waste and net zero energy.

Besides the benefits of flying jets on SAF, Neste is also reducing emissions on the ground by using SFO’s existing oil pipeline infrastructure to transport the fuel, rather than delivering it via truck, which would have consumed fossil fuel and generated more greenhouse gas emissions.


“Air travel allows us to connect with each other, appreciate the natural wonders of the world, and experience the richness of diverse cultures. These are the things we want to preserve by fighting climate change,” said Chris Cooper, Vice President of Renewable Aviation at Neste US. “That’s why we are committed to growing the market for SAF in North America, so future generations can enjoy the many benefits of air travel.”

More information about Neste’s project is available here.