Airlines based in Asia are taking another step towards more sustainable operations as Korean Air and Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways have extended new options to contribute to the use of sustainable aviation fuel for air cargo.
Korean Air has launched its SAF programme to air cargo customers as part of the airline’s ongoing effort to reduce carbon emissions and raise awareness in the air cargo sector to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The airline will share with customers the amount of carbon emissions reduced by using SAF, with the contributions to be used to purchase additional supply.
ANA meanwhile has extended its existing SAF option for air cargo to shippers in response to requests. The new service will enable companies that use air cargo to transport products based on their track record, including factors like weight, volume and distance of transportation.
With the augmented service, ANA will now issue CO2 reduction certificates not only to forwarders with direct business with the carrier but also to shippers based on the transportation record from their forwarders. Certificates will be issued in the joint names of both shipper and forwarder.
Studies show that sustainably produced SAF could reduce carbon footprint up to 80 percent compared to existing jet fuel. The airline industry is targeting 65 percent SAF share to achieve net-zero goals by 2050.
Korean Air has been promoting SAF usage for domestic operations and has actively participated in the government’s “eco-friendly biofuel activation alliance” since last October. It signed a memorandum of understanding on June 29 with GS Caltex to cooperate on a series of test flights using SAF in line with the government’s initiative to boost the supply of eco-friendly biofuel.