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Leading tourism group TUI has signed an agreement with Spanish energy company Cepsa to promote the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Produced from circular raw materials that do not compete with food resources, such as used cooking oil (UCO) and non-food animal waste or biodegradable waste from a range of industries, the SAF would help to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional kerosene, the company said on 18 October.

TUI said the agreement was part of its goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Whether the flight to the holiday destination, the cruise, the overnight stay in the hotel or experiences booked locally… we are working … towards the goal of ‘Net-Zero’,” Thomas Ellerbeck, chief sustainability officer and member of the Tui Group executive committee, said.

Tui said Spain, particularly its holiday islands such as the Canary and Balearic Islands, was one of the most important destinations for its airline.

As well as supplying Tui with kerosene and, in the future SAF, Cepsa also supplies the travel company with fuel for coach travel in some destinations and for ships in the Group’s cruise division.