A zero emission first for AFKLM Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel

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To tackle the ongoing climate crisis, the industry has made ambitious targets to cut net aviation carbon emissions by half of that they were in 2005 by 2050.

In line with these targets, Kuehne+Nagel has joined the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo SAF programme, and has launched the first carbon neutral airfreight lane between North America and Europe, starting 1st January 2021.

To proactively address its carbon footprint, the year-round transportation of all Kuehne+Nagel cargo on board daily Air France KLM flights from Los Angeles to Amsterdam will be fully covered by SAF.

“The first zero emission route marks the beginning of our journey into CO₂ neutral air freight and is another step towards achieving complete carbon neutrality by 2030,” commented Yngve Ruud, member of the management board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics.

“At Kuehne+Nagel, we are ready to take leadership and responsibility for the next generation of air transport and encourage our customers and industry colleagues to join us in making sustainable choices available.”

Adriaan den Heijer, executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo and managing director Martinair added: “The launch of an air cargo SAF programme is an important step in our ambitious sustainability roadmap for the coming years.

“We are extremely pleased with the willingness and concrete commitment of our partner Kuehne+Nagel to actually shape our common ambition for a more sustainable future. I look forward to other partners joining our SAF programme soon.”

With the chemical and physical characteristics almost identical to those of conventional jet fuel, SAF is the most effective measure the industry has to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. To ensure the lane is fully carbon neutral, all CO₂ emissions generated during the production, processing and transportation of SAF will be offset by Kuehne+Nagel supporting carbon reduction projects that carry the highest quality certification currently available: “Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)” and/or “Gold Standard (GS)”.