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Global multi-energy company TotalEnergies has formed a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) partnership with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

As part of the collaboration, TotalEnergies said it would supply Airbus with SAF for more than half of its needs in Europe.

In addition, the partnership would involve a research and innovation programme aimed at developing 100% sustainable fuels, tailored to the design of current and future aircraft, TotalEnergies said on 21 February.

The impact of SAF composition on the reduction of CO2 emissions and non-CO2 effects, such as contrails, would also be studied.

TotalEnergies said the partnership with Airbus and confirmed their shared aim to promote SAF technology and to strengthen their collaboration to decarbonise the aviation industry.

“Accelerating the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels is essential if we are to meet our targets for reducing carbon emissions from aviation by 2030. This partnership … demonstrates the willingness of aerospace manufacturers and major energy producers and suppliers to work together to meet this challenge,” Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said.

TotalEnergies had set itself a SAF production target of 1.5M tonnes/year by 2030, the company’s chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said.

Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies produces and markets energy sources, including oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity.

TotalEnergies said it had been supplying Airbus with SAF used for its aircraft deliveries in Toulouse since 2016.