“We are committed to offering our clients with a low carbon footprint travelling experience, while achieving our environmental obligations,” says Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat.
“We are glad to work with the environmental team at Air Transat; It takes people with a vision to buy into this project, and Air Transat believed in it from day one and never stopped supporting this amazing endeavour,” says Jean Paquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAF+ Consortium.
SAF+ Consortium is finalizing the fabrication of a pilot plant in Montreal East to make kerosene from carbon dioxide (CO2). The process consists in capturing CO2 produced from large industrial emitters and converting it to synthetic jet fuel by using a process called Fisher Tropsch (FT). It is estimated that SAF+ kerosene will 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,” says 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.”
“The demand for SAF in the aviation sector will almost double annually for the next 30 years. So, solutions such as the production of SAF in Montreal will put Quebec-Canada on the map while providing great jobs for the future,” says Alexandru Iordan, Chief Technical Officer of SAF + Consortium.