Maersk, Air France – KLM to sign green aviation fuel contract
The Danish shipping company A.P. Moller – Maersk will sign an agreement with the Franco-Dutch airline group Air France – KLM to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The deal includes a contract to cover around 40.000 trips taken by Maersk´s Marine & Corporate travels on these carriers yearly as well as an additional purchase for approximately 400,000 litres to be used on cargo transportation.
Maersk will pay a premium for approximately 2.200 metric tonnes of SAF, according to a statement.
“This is a small but significant agreement,” pointed out Mette Christensen, global head of indirect category management at A.P. Moller – Maersk. “By working together with Air France-KLM and paying a premium to use SAF, we are embarking on the same journey with our suppliers as our green-minded customers are when they choose to pay a premium for Maersk ECO Delivery, our low-carbon product manufactured from recycled sustainable biomass and one of the only options for green emissions in shipping today,” he commented.
The two-year deal provides opportunities for further purchasing SAF for Maersk cargo customers which is an attractive proposition for many Maersk customers who are looking at addressing their CO2 footprints, according to the global ocean carrier.
“I am delighted to see A.P. Moller – Maersk participating in our SAF program and leading the way in reducing net emissions in the aviation industry.” stated Sébastien Guyot, senior vice president at global sales & commercial partnerships of Air France-KLM, who noted that this new contract reinforces the long-term partnership between the two cmpanies.
Maersk said it is exploring several options to meet its 2030 target to have minimum 30% of its air cargo transported using SAF.
“If we want to see impact taking place already in this decade, it is crucial to be able to deliver on our customers ‘need already now. This agreement is a starting point for us to create the market demand that is required to accelerate the much-needed green energy transition in aviation,” said Torben Bengtsson, global head of Air & LCL at A.P. Moller -Maersk.