Lufthansa Cargo and Nippon Express Europe conclude SAF agreement


Lufthansa Cargo and the global Japanese logistics company Nippon Express Europe GmbH today contractually agreed to advocate the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) when transporting airfreight shipments.

The environmentally friendly aviation fuel will enable the Nippon Express Group to achieve emissions savings of approximately 3,150 tons within one year.

Furthermore, the agreement reached with Lufthansa Cargo includes contributing to high-quality and certified climate protection projects for the so-called well-to-tank emissions that arise during the production and supply of SAF.

The Nippon Express Group has set the goal of a 50 per cent reduction in SCOPE 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2013 as a response to climate change, and of contributing to the realization of a carbon-neutral society by 2050.

Nippon Express Co., Ltd. aims to reduce emissions by 350,000 tons by 2023, equivalent to a 30 per cent reduction from 2013 levels. In May 2023, NIPPON EXPRESS HOLDINGS, Inc. submitted a Letter of Commitment to be certified as a Science Based Targets (SBT) company, and the entire group is working together to achieve a carbon neutral society by 2050.

“We have enjoyed a trusting long-standing relationship with Nippon Express Europe as a Global Partner,” highlights Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

“We appreciate working jointly with Nippon Express Europe also on sustainability goals that are important to both of us.

“Every player in the logistics industry has a model here, and only together can we succeed in making our business more environmentally friendly along the entire supply chain.

“The more Sustainable Aviation Fuel is used in the transportation of goods by air freight, the more likely we are to succeed in moving away from fossil fuels, making the entire air freight industry more sustainable.”

“We at the Nippon Express Group remain mindful of the environmental effect of the increasing demand for air freight,” emphasizes Shinichi Kakiyama, Managing Director of Nippon Express Europe.

“We fully acknowledge this reality, and we must move quickly to take action to slow global warming.

“This agreement to advocate using SAF represents a step in the right direction on the way to a greener future.

“Together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are honored to embark on this journey to meet our sustainability goals and fulfil our ongoing commitment to combat climate change.”

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