Shell and Rolls-Royce sign decarbonisation MoU


Shell and Rolls-Royce have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry and progress towards net zero emissions. The agreement builds on more than a century of co-operation between the two companies, two of the oldest names in aviation.

The MoU will expand several existing areas of co-operation between the companies like advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This includes Rolls-Royce’s new SAFinity service, for which Shell is the exclusive SAF supplier, and working together on demonstrating the use of 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” solution.

“The heritage of collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Shell is a strong foundation for the future, particularly when it comes to our shared ambitions for achieving net zero emissions,” said Anna Mascolo, president, Shell Aviation. “Being from different parts of the aviation value chain means Rolls-Royce and Shell bring complementary expertise, experiences and ideas to the table. Wide-ranging co-operation can drive new solutions that will help the aviation industry and our customers navigate a pathway to net zero.”

Paul Stein, chief technology officer at Rolls-Royce, said: “Supporting the decarbonisation of aviation while continuing to enable progress in flight are goals that Rolls-Royce and Shell both share.

“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. SAFs will not only power large aircraft and business aviation, but also hybrid electric Urban Air Mobility (‘ flying taxis’) and the forthcoming generation of hybrid fixed wing city hoppers, which is why we place such importance on the ramp up of SAF adoption across the industry,” said Stein.

The MoU will look for opportunities for the firms to meet their net zero emissions targets by 2050. Shell will therefore assess opportunities to support Rolls-Royce in reducing travel emissions through the supply of SAF. Rolls-Royce will lend its technical expertise to advise Shell in its new fuels development, as well as low carbon energy alternatives for new aircraft and power systems.