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Korean Air partners with SK Energy to adopt carbon-neutral jet fuel

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Korean Air has partnered with SK Energy to introduce carbon-neutral jet fuel to actively counter climate change.
Through the partnership with the major petroleum and refinery company the airline will purchase a month’s worth of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for domestic flights departing from Jeju and Cheongju.
In line with the global aviation industry’s efforts for sustainable growth, Korean Air is seeking various methods to reduce carbon emissions to achieve carbon-neutral growth and fight climate change.
Korean Air is actively participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and introducing eco-friendly and high-efficient aircraft.
The airline’s recently introduced A220-300 is equipped with the latest engine, which reduces carbon emissions per seat by 25% compared to existing models of similar capacity.
In 2017, Korean Air became the first Korean airline to use SAF on a flight departing from Chicago to Incheon. In June this year, the airline also partnered with Hyundai Oil Bank to develop a foundation for biofuel manufacturing and its usage.
The airline has been working to improve its environmental, social and governance (ESG) management, and established an ESG committee, which reviews its management strategies focusing on ESG.