Airbus Launch 18-Month Renewable Marine Fuel Trial

Airbus Launch 18-Month Renewable Marine Fuel Trial

European aerospace corporation Airbus launched a trial for renewable marine fuel on one of its vessels in December 2022.

According to Airbus, a test campaign was launched on the route Saint-Nazaire-Tunis-Naples-Saint Nazaire in December 2022. It is expected to run for 18 months.

The company announced that the renewable fuel will be used for the first time on its vessel “Ciudad de Cadiz” operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA).

Furthermore, the vessel running on the renewable fuel is also transporting components for the A320 family between its production sites along the route of Saint-Nazaire-Tunis-Naples-Saint-Nazaire.

As per Airbus, during the 18-month test campaign, “around a third of the total fuel (around 330 tons) is expected to be renewable.” With that, the organization expects to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20% per trip versus using fossil fuel.

“In one year, on this route only, Airbus aims to save around 6,000 tons of CO2.” the company added.

The renewable diesel fuel is said to be made of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) or residual cooking oil which is believed to have no fossil fuel or additives.

The fuel was provided by oil company Neste and produced in Rotterdam.

The launched campaign was in line with the company’s ambition to decarbonize its operations as well as reduce its carbon emissions. It is the first test campaign for its fleet for 18 months.

The company noted that the test campaign will “enable Airbus and its partners to evaluate the performance of the renewable fuel and the vessel’s engine, and confirm by how much it has been able to reduce its CO2 emissions.”

Airbus emphasized that to be able to contribute to the decrease of the industrial activities’ impact on the environment, the organization is continuously “introducing alternative energy solutions across the different transportation methods it uses: air, road and maritime.”

In relation to this, Airbus introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in 2019 for its Beluga operations. By 2021, the company used biogas trucks to transport aircraft sections and major components throughout its European production facilities.

Then, in December 2022, the organization launched the first test campaign to “explore the use of renewable fuel for its fleet of vessels over the course of 18 months.”

Airbus is a European multinational aerospace company with a wide range of products for both civil and military aerospace markets around the world. In 2019, the company took the position of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.

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