Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has launched the world’s first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme for the airfreight industry, enabling freight forwarders and shippers to reduce their CO₂ emissions. By investing in the Cargo SAF Programme, customers will not only help pioneer the use of SAF in the industry, but will also scale up the SAF market, contributing to a cleaner future for air transport.
“Our commitment to reducing CO₂ emissions is one of the cornerstones of our cargo strategy. The launch of a SAF programme for airfreight is an important step in our ambitious sustainability roadmap for the coming years. I invite all our customers to join us in creating a more sustainable cargo future,” said Adriaan den Heijer, EVP of Air France-KLM Cargo & Managing Director of Martinair.
SAF – a key instrument in reducing CO₂ emissions
The first step towards a carbon-free future is carbon-neutral growth in the industry, which implies there should be no increase in CO₂ emissions despite traffic growth. Investing in SAF is a necessary step in this process and one of the primary instruments in reducing CO₂ emissions.
KLM operated the world’s first commercial flight using SAF on 29 June 2011, with a flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Shortly thereafter, they began offering corporate customers the option of compensating for CO₂ emissions from business travel by investing in SAF.
Customers determine level of engagement
The Cargo SAF Programme enables shippers and forwarders to power a percentage of their flights with SAF. Customers determine their own level of engagement and the company ensures that their entire investment is used for sourcing SAF. When investing in SAF, customers receive a third-party audited report, justifying the purchased volume of SAF in relation to traffic and indicating the reduction in CO₂ emissions achieved.
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