Maersk to sign Sustainable Aviation Fuel contract with Air France – KLM

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A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) will sign an agreement with Air France – KLM to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The deal includes a first-of-its-kind contract to cover around 40,000 trips taken by Maersk’s Marine & Corporate travels on these carriers yearly as well as an additional purchase for approx. 400K litres to be used on cargo transportation. Maersk will pay a premium for approx. 2,200 metric Tonnes of SAF.

“This is a small but significant agreement. By working together with Air France-KLM and paying a premium to use SAF, we are embarking on the same journey with our suppliers as our green-minded customers are when they choose to pay a premium for Maersk ECO Delivery, our low-carbon product manufactured from recycled, sustainable biomass and one of the only options for green emissions in shipping today,” said Mette Christensen,
Global Head of Indirect Category Management, A.P. Moller – Maersk

The 2-year deal provides opportunities for further purchasing SAF for Maersk cargo customers, which is an attractive proposition for many Maersk customers looking to address their CO2 footprints.

Sébastien Guyot, SVP Global Sales & Commercial Partnerships Air France-KLM, said, “I am delighted to see A.P. Moller – Maersk participating in our SAF program and leading the way in reducing net emissions in the aviation industry. This new contract reinforces further the long-term partnership between Air France-KLM and A.P. Moller – Maersk.”

Maersk is exploring several options to meet its 2030 target to have a minimum of 30% of its air cargo transported using SAF. Partnerships with suppliers are of the essence when exploring sustainable solutions to decarbonise logistics, as no company can do it alone.

“If we want to see impact taking place already in this decade, it is crucial to be able to deliver on our customers’ need already now. This agreement is a starting point for us to create the market demand that is required to accelerate the much-needed green energy transition in aviation,” added Torben Bengtsson, Global Head of Air & LCL, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Bold action to accelerate solutions that decarbonise aviation is crucial to reducing logistics’ overall environmental impact. Currently, Maersk is exploring different pathways to source sufficient SAF. However, the company will leverage our efforts within green fuel development and sourcing to also secure sustainable solutions for our customers in air freight.

Already back on December 1, 2021, Maersk committed to pay the green premium for SAF-powered air cargo as part of Eco-Skies, a first-of-its-kind program involving leading global corporations working with United Airlines to help power flying in a more sustainable way. This program offers the opportunity to reduce environmental impact and help make sustainable aviation the norm.

Maersk’s air emissions currently make up less than 1% of the company’s total emissions but are set to increase with the growth projected to serve our customers. The global integrator of container logistics is aware of the environmental challenges to airfreight, but clearly, air freight is a crucial enabler for Maersk customers to get the flexibility they need for their global supply chains, so this is a must-do move.

Achieving climate neutrality is a strategic imperative for Maersk. On Air, Maersk has similar ambitions as on Ocean, including forwarding business where the company is involved with carriers that offer SAF-based (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) solutions as well as own fleet where Maersk is committed to exploring green fuels for the Star Air operated fleet of aircraft in line with IATA and ICAO guidance.

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