Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) is partnering with the Dutch Solar Team to compete in the Sasol Solar Challenge by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The event takes place in South Africa from 9 to 16 September and AFKLMP will be the Dutch Solar Team’s logistical partner by assisting with the transport of the Nuna 11s.
AFKLMP will also convert the fuel needed to fly the Nuna 11s from Amsterdam to Johannesburg into SAF reducing the carbon footprint of its journey.
“Air France KLM Martinair Cargo feels inspired and connected with the drive and purpose of the Sasol Solar Challenge. The airfreight industry faces the challenge of reducing our collective carbon footprint. Part of our purpose is to drive innovation towards this goal by leading initiatives involving all the players in the industry. From an airline perspective, fleet renewal and the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel are key policy objectives for the short and medium term, bringing us closer to making the necessary change,” said GertJan Roelands, SVP sales and distribution Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.
AFKLMP’s SAF programme invites players in the value chain to purchase sustainable aviation fuel for their flights, thus lowering the total carbon output of their journeys.
SAF is produced using alternative feedstock, such as used cooking oil and straw and wood residues. Blended with conventional jet fuel, SAF proactively reduces emissions by up to 85% compared to fossil fuels.
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