Vueling requires increased SAF production to comply with atmospheric decarbonisation

Barcelona, ​​December 15 (EFE).- Fueling’s Sustainability Director, Frank Sanmarti, urged to “scale up” the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel – SAF for abbreviation in English – as the main solution to decarbonize the industry.

According to records, this sector is responsible for between two and three percent of global emissions, which is why Sanmarti considered it more beneficial to move in the direction of SAF compared to “ineffective” measures such as eliminating short-term emissions. Air flights . .

In Spain, “less than one percent of emissions come from roads less than 500 kilometers long,” he commented regarding the recent proposal to cancel short-haul flights when there is a rail alternative less than two and a half hours long.

“This measure will not solve the problem of decarbonizing industry. The answer is in the Sudanese Armed Forces,” a Fueling representative said before calling for increased cooperation between the public and private sectors and incentives to invest in developing an alternative that allows for lower emissions. % compared to fossil fuels, but its current production is “barely 0.1%” and countries like England and the United States are ahead of us.

A study prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that Spain has the potential to establish between thirty and forty factories for this sustainable fuel, which is obtained from waste such as used oil, urban waste or forests, which would generate more than 270 thousand jobs. Impact on national GDP of more than €56,000 million.

10% of SAF by 2030 The European Refueling Regulation, approved this year by the European Parliament and EU member states, will force airlines to use 6% of SAF by 2030, the date on which the IAG group, to which it belongs Vueling, Inc., is committed to increasing its usage by up to ten percent.

Although the percentage used today in the Spanish company’s flights is “small,” Sanmarti gave an example of a commercial flight it took in June 2022 between Barcelona and Lyon in which it was able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 72%, that is, eight and a half tons of carbon dioxide using this. Sustainable fuel.

This “achievement” for the company focused on the three axes that underpin its sustainability strategy: the use of less polluting fuels, fleet efficiency – in this case a new generation of Airbus A320neo aircraft – as well as route optimization. With a 16% reduction in route distance thanks to coordination with European airspace managers.

Less noise pollution Vueling, which collaborated with EFE in preparing this content, confirms that its commitment to sustainability also seeks to reduce noise pollution by implementing new engines that, like the engine fitted to the Airbus 320-21 neo, have a twenty percent larger diameter, which Reduces noise volume by up to fifty percent.

To reduce noise pollution, the Spanish airline has reached an agreement with the airline WheelTug to place an advanced device in the front of the plane, still in the certification stage, which will allow the plane to move on the ground. This innovative system runs on electric power, without the need to operate the main engines. Evie

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