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Ryanair Signs Sustainable Fuel Deal with Shell

Ryanair has signed a deal with energy giant Shell to advance the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at more than 200 Ryanair-based airports across Europe.

The deal – which was announced at Ryanair’s Sustainability Day in Trinity College Dublin – will have a particular focus on Ryanair’s largest bases, including Dublin and London Stansted.

L-R, Thomas Fowler (Ryanair), Michael O’Leary (Ryanair), Jan Toschka (Shell) and Ashleigh McDougall (Shell)

Speaking at Ryanair’s Sustainability Day in TCD, the airline’s Sustainability Director, Thomas Fowler said: “SAF plays a key role in our Pathway to Net Zero strategy, and also our commitment to a target of 12.5% SAF by 2030. Today’s agreement with Shell helps Ryanair secure access to circa 20% of this ambitious goal. Shell is a key sustainability partner for Ryanair, and we look forward to building on this collaboration with Shell as our group grows sustainably to carry 225 million passengers annually by FY26.”

President of Shell Aviation, Jan Toschka, added: “It is fantastic to build on our existing relationship with Ryanair to now look at what we can achieve together on sustainability. This initial agreement demonstrates that both companies recognise that SAF is the key to unlock a net zero future for aviation. We share the same ambition to enable Ryanair’s passengers to fly lower carbon. Leadership and bold actions are needed to accelerate the decarbonisation of flight, and today’s announcement is a great example of this.”

While SAF is a key enabler of aviation decarbonisation, it currently accounts for just a small fraction of worldwide jet fuel usage.

This agreement with Shell gives Ryanair potential access to 360,000 tonnes (120m gallons) of SAF between 2025 and 2030, saving over approximately 900,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions (equivalent to over 70,000 flights from Dublin to Milan). The SAF that is covered by this MoU could potentially be produced from multiple different technology pathways and a broad range of sustainable feedstocks.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.
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