AWOT, CTS, Jobmate, Sinotrans and SuperTrans have joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme (SAF Programme) of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo), offering greener cargo services on routes connecting China with Europe and South America.
The Cargo SAF Programme enables shippers and forwarders to power a share of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel, a cleaner substitute for conventional jet fuel, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 85%.
Participation in the programme confirms the industry’s drive to seek alternatives to fossil fuels for powering commercial aircraft, as well as its commitment to greater sustainability.
These far-reaching partnerships present an exciting development for the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo network in East Asia.
AWOT Global Express
At the contract signing, Kenny Li, managing director of AWOT Global Express said: “Air France KLM’s SAF Programme came at the right time and we had no hesitation in saying “Yes” to investing in it. It gives us a jumpstart in our endeavour to be socially responsible and environmentally conscious.”
CTS International Logistics Corporation
Jiang Bo, vice president of CTS International Logistics Corporation, which operates between Shanghai and Amsterdam, added: “We want to be the first mover and set a marker for other Chinese companies to follow our sustainability driven approach. We believe that common goals and joint actions deliver the maximum results, not just in business, but also in the betterment of our industry and society at large. The money we invest in this programme is just a small step, an initial investment, towards a larger cause.”
In his speech at the signing ceremony, Paul Gu, president of Job-Mate International, commented: “Thanks again Air France-KLM for giving us the opportunity to participate in a project of such great and practical significance. We are in step with AFKLMP Cargo as a business partner, but also as a valued sponsor of a healthy, global ecosystem. We will call on more people and aspiring companies to participate extensively in creating a better and sustainable future together.”
Sinotrans e-Commerce Logistics
“The SAF Programme of AFKLMP Cargo offers us a platform to promote the development of green logistics. Our Hangzhou branch is very proud that with this partnership they contribute towards reducing CO2 emissions on KLM’s Hangzhou-Amsterdam flight by over 15% for the year,” said Zhang Liang, vice general manager of Sinotrans e-Commerce Logistics.
“In a nutshell, we would like to expand our business in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way,” said Raymond Huang, general manager at Xiamen Supertrans.
In closing, Rahul Pathak, AFKLMP Cargo’s director for China, Hong Kong & Taiwan concluded: “We deeply appreciate and thank our partners in China and Hong Kong for their investment in our Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme. It is only through a joint commitment and combined effort that, as an industry, we can lower our carbon footprint. We value Guanxi (关系) and are grateful to the relationship and trust accorded to us. We believe that, on the one hand, our strong business commitment to one another has made this engagement towards a sustainable future possible. On the other, it confirms the environmental awareness of our partners and their sense of social responsibility.”