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Shell to Build Largest SAF Facility in Europe

In an effort to become a net-zero business by 2050, Shell will build one of the largest biofuel facilities in Europe, which will produce 820,000 tons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from waste. The facility will be located at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and will start production in 2024.The facility could reduce more than 2.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emission per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 1 million European cars off the roads. Its low-carbon fuels will be made from used cooking oil, waste animal fat, and other industrial and agricultural residual products.There has been a growing demand from the transportation sector for low-carbon fuels, specifically for heavy road transport and aviation. SAF currently only accounts for 0.1% of global aviation fuel.Huibert Vigeveno, Shell's Downstream Director noted that the transformation of one of its major refineries into an energy and chemical park will help supply the world with low-carbon products people want and need. The company will continue transforming its refineries into energy and chemicals parks as it hopes to reduce the production of traditional fuels by 55% over the next decade."Shell has been on the road to a lower-carbon future for some time," said Marjan Van Loon, President Director of Shell Netherlands BV. "The project will mean hundreds of millions of dollars of investment each year during construction, it will create hundreds of jobs, and help to maintain the facility's competitiveness for years to come."
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