Air France KLM Martinair Cargo takes a step towards making the airfreight industry more sustainable

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) has taken a step towards making the airfreight industry more sustainable with the introduction of goSAF. As of today, customers can set the level of their contribution to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for every cargo shipment they book.

This is part of its pledge to tackle climate change, achieving net-zero CO₂ emissions in 2050. AFKLMP Cargo believes that the best way to achieve a more sustainable future for the airfreight industry is by joining hands with customers.

With goSAF, customers using the myCargo booking portal can set their contribution level to SAF for each shipment. AFKLMP Cargo gives customers a choice of four contribution levels, allowing them to proportionally reduce their contribution to CO₂ emissions when booking. The underlying CO₂ emissions calculator determines the expected CO₂ emissions of the shipment and calculates the costs of compensating for this by investing in the purchase of SAF.

GertJan Roelands, senior vice president Sales & Distribution at AFKLMP Cargo.

GertJan Roelands, senior vice president of Sales & Distribution, explains: “When our customers decide to contribute to SAF, they not only reduce the CO₂ emissions of their own shipments, but also contribute to more sustainable supply chains for their customers and help them and the broader cargo industry reduce impact on the environment. By working together and gradually increasing the percentage of SAF used to power every flight, we can really make a difference in achieving a more sustainable airfreight industry.”

goSAF is the logical next step following the introduction of AFKLMP Cargo’s customer-oriented SAF programme, which was the first of its kind in 2020.

The Cargo SAF programme enables forwarders and shippers to fuel their flights with a percentage of SAF. Customers choose their own contribution level while we ensure that the investment is fully utilised to purchase SAF. When investing in SAF, customers receive an independently certified report specifying the amount of SAF purchased in terms of traffic volume, giving an indication of the resulting reduction in CO₂ emissions.

The programme has already welcomed 40 partners. In 2022, AFKLMP Cargo added a standard percentage of SAF (0.5%-1%) to all flights departing from Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Although this percentage may seem tiny, it is an important step in the right direction. AFKLMP Cargo will keep cooperating with industry partners in seeking solutions and innovations that will promote the use and accelerate the production of SAF.

All investments in sustainable aviation fuel – whether it be via AFKLMP Cargo’s SAF programme or goSAF – will be fully utilised to purchase more SAF. AFKLMP Cargo does not profit from this financially in any way.

As is the case for participants in the company’s SAF programme, customers who contribute via goSAF receive a report with an overview of the calculated CO₂ reduction thanks to their investments.

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