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Shell, Rolls-Royce Partner on SAF

Shell Oil Company and British engineering company Rolls-Royce have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in order to meet their plans for net zero emissions by 2050.

The MOU will help with plans to certify 100 percent SAF for use in aircraft.

With its biggest business in the aviation sector, Rolls-Royce plans to make all its commercial engines compatible to run on 100 percent SAF, which produces as much as 70 percent less carbon than conventional fuel, by 2023. 

With a worldwide shortage of sustainable aviation fuel, the partnership with Shell will help address that supply problem. 

Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce Chief Technology Officer, said in a statement that both companies wanted to decarbonize flying.

"We believe that working together on these aims can deliver benefits for both the development of new innovations as well as collaborating to find ways to unlock the net carbon emissions reduction potential of technology that is already in use today," Stein said.