Canada’s Air Transat has signed a deal with SAF+ Consortium to use jet fuel made from captured CO2.

The announcement marks an historical moment for the Canadian aviation industry as the first time a Canadian airline has agreed to work hand-in-hand with a clean fuel developer in reducing its environmental footprint.

SAF+ Consortium is finalising the fabrication of a pilot plant in Montreal East to make kerosene from CO2, in a process which captures CO2 produced from large industrial emitters and converts it to synthetic jet fuel.

The synthetic jet fuel is estimated to have an 80% lower carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel.

“Capturing CO2 which would have otherwise been released in the atmosphere and give it a second use only makes sense,” said Keith Lawless, Senior Director, Environment, ETS, and Strategic Projects at Air Transat.

“Not only do you reduce your footprint, but you also achieve a substantial reduction of GHG, helping Quebec and Canada meet its climate change objectives.