TotalEnergies has started producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its Normandy facility to support French legislation that calls for aircraft to use a blend of at least 1% of SAF.

The French company will also manufacture SAF at its Grandpuits zero-crude platform at Seine-et-Marne near Melun starting in 2024, using waste and residue from other sectors. The operations support its biofuel production at La Mede biorefinery near Marseille and the Oudalle plant near Le Havre.

"By announcing the start-up of SAF production at a new site in France, we are responding to strong demand from the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint,” said TotalEnergies president of refining and chemicals Bernard Pinatel.