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Rolls-Royce continues to fuel the journey towards net zero

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Rolls-Royce has further strengthened its commitment to sustainable aviation fuel by launching a new service for business aviation customers.

The engineering giant, which has its civil aerospace and defence divisions in Derby, has launched SAFinity.

The service combines independently verified sustainability projects with a direct investment in sustainable aviation fuel, aiming to further support and accelerate the availability and use of sustainable fuels in the aviation industry.

SAFinity enables business aviation customers to operate flights in a carbon-neutral way.

It is available for all business aircraft and engines from any manufacturer and is part of Rolls-Royce’s ongoing ambition to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which it operates to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

This week, Rolls-Royce and Luxaviation Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will make the Luxembourgian company, which is one of the world’s largest business aircraft operators, the launch customer for this new service.

In recent tests, Rolls-Royce demonstrated that current engines for large civil and business jets can operate with 100% sustainable aviation fuel as a full “drop-in” option.

According to Rolls-Royce, this lays the groundwork for moving this type of fuel towards certification.

At present, sustainable aviation fuel is only certified for blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel.

The firm said that unblended sustainable aviation fuels have the potential to significantly reduce net carbon emissions compared to conventional jet fuel.

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