ZURICH/AMSTELVEEN: Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has partnered with Finnish energy supplier Neste to import 460 tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) into Switzerland for the first time – enough for 175 flights as a drop-in alternative to Jet A-1 kerosene.
Neste has been working with sister airline Lufthansa since 2011 to provide SAF from sustainably-sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials. Production is certificated by the independent Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).
SWISS began offering carbon offsets for passengers in 2019 via its Compensaid booking option that includes buying SAF to reduce air travel-related carbon emissions.
“We are delighted to have received the first delivery of our own-sourced SAF into Switzerland so soon after new Customs regulations came into force,” commented CEO Dieter Vranckx. “For years now, SWISS and the Lufthansa Group have been lobbying for the import of sustainable aviation fuels, because these will be the key technology for the mid-to-long term future in enabling us to achieve our climate goals for 2030 using present aircraft powerplant technologies.”
In a related move, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has added five China-based logistics companies and the first German freight forwarder to its growing SAF programme: AWOT, CTS International, Job-Mate International Logistics, Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics, Xiamen Supertrans Logistics and Lage-based Skyline Express.
According to company CEO Volker Sim, the move is a natural next step for a long-time Greenpeace supporter and Sustainability champion that has included operating electric-powered company cars since 2011 and installing beehives at the company’s head office: “Makes me proud that we are the first in Germany to do so,” he added.
“Sustainable aviation fuel is not necessarily the same as biofuel. The fact that something is made from organic raw materials does not necessarily imply that it is sustainable,” opined Karel Bockstael, KLM vice president of Sustainability.
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