Lufthansa Cargo and Kintetsu World Express reach agreement for the use of sustainable aviation fuel

Kintetsu World Express will reduce its total carbon footprint of air cargo transported with Lufthansa Cargo by around 5% for one year. Kintetsu World Express is committed to using sustainable aviation fuel during the period from October 2022 to September 2023. In addition, the company has decided to offset the so-called well-to-tank emissions generated during production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel with the help of certified climate protection projects.

“Climate change is becoming increasingly evident and devastating around the world. As a light freight forwarder, reducing our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions is essential to winning the battle against global warming. And SAF is a rising star. Recently, in our initial response to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), we stated our intention to actively participate in the SAF programs of our partner airlines. I am delighted and proud to work with our long-standing partner Lufthansa Cargo for the sustainable future of the air cargo industry,” said Nobutoshi Torii, President and CEO of Kintetsu World Express.

“We are very proud that we were able to win Kintetsu World Express, one of our most important customers, to transport their cargo with us on a CO2-neutral basis,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, Managing Director of Lufthansa Cargo AG. . “Already today, sustainable aviation fuel offers the possibility of saving around 80% of emissions in air cargo transport. That is why each customer who takes advantage of this opportunity makes a decisive contribution to the advancement of decarbonization in logistics. Thanks to the commitment of Kintetsu World Express and our other customers who have chosen sustainable aviation fuel, we have already been able to replace approximately 2% of our annual fossil fuel needs with sustainable aviation fuel in 2022.”

More climate-friendly flights with SAF

The general term for sustainable, biogenic or synthetic kerosene is “sustainable aviation fuel” (SAF). SAF is considered the first real alternative to fossil aviation fuel. Currently, it is mainly produced from biomass. In the future, “non-biogenic” fuels will also be available; the best-known example is the so-called Power-to-Liquid (PtL) concept based on renewable electricity, water and CO2. SAF enables an almost closed CO2 cycle: as fossil fuels release CO2 that has been bound for millions of years and the current level of CO2 in the atmosphere increases, the use of SAF in the combustion process only releases the amount of CO2 that was bound immediately before in the manufacturing process.

Sustainable aviation fuel is the key to CO2 neutral air traffic and can be used in regular flight operations without infrastructure adjustments. There are different production processes and different raw materials for SAF. The SAF currently used by Lufthansa Cargo is produced using the HEFA process (Hydroprocessed Esters & Fatty Acids) from biogenic waste materials, for example from used cooking oils. This does not conflict with food cultivation, as only forest, agricultural or gastronomic waste is used. Lufthansa Cargo offers SAFs through the Lufthansa Group of the world’s leading SAF manufacturers. Since September 2021, all Lufthansa Cargo customers can have their freight transported CO₂-neutral by opting for the Sustainable Choice additional service.

Additional compensation

In addition to using sustainable aviation fuel, Kintetsu World Express relies on additional offsetting of greenhouse gases generated when supplying SAF. Lufthansa Cargo offers its customers a selection of ten carbon offset projects organized by the Lufthansa Group of the non-profit organization myclimate, which applies only the strictest independent quality standards such as Gold Standard and Plan Vivo when selection and design of carbon offset projects. Thanks to high-quality offset projects, fossil energy sources are replaced by renewable energies or energy-efficient technologies. Another option is to protect threatened forests, whose trees extract CO2 from the atmosphere throughout their lives, convert it and store it as carbon. The amount of emissions saved through the projects is calculated and can be passed on to companies in the form of emission reduction credits – called certificates – in quantities adapted to their needs. On the basis of the certified CO2 savings or reductions, it is therefore possible to offset CO2 emissions that occur, for example, during the transport of goods. Another advantage is that the compensation mechanism via high-quality projects not only involves climate protection measures that demonstrably save CO2, but the projects also always bring local benefits for people and the environment. Jobs are created, infrastructure improved or health risks reduced, biodiversity protected or educational opportunities improved.

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