Lufthansa Group and HCS Group could begin producing and supplying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Germany from 2026.
The two companies have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) that will enable HCS Group to supply Lufthansa with SAF produced in the Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) technology at its production facility in Speyer.
HCS Group plans to product an initial 60,000 metric tons of SAF per year at the facility, making it the first large-scale producer of biogenic SAF in Germany.
According to Lufthansa, the LoI with HCS Group underpins its goal of increasing the market ramp-up and use of SAF as a core element of its sustainability strategy. The company is one of the largest SAF customers worldwide and is investing $250m in the procurement of the sustainable fuel in the next few years.
Lufthansa Group is aiming to halve its new CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 levels and aims to achieve a neutral CO2 balance by 2050. To do this, it is focusing on modernising its fleet, increasing the use of SAF, optimising flight operations and encouraging its private travelers and corporate customers to make a flight or the transport of cargo more sustainable through offers.