LATAM Cargo, Kuehne+Nagel, Elite Flower invest in SAF
Companies purchased more than 25,000 litres of SAF, equivalent to reducing emissions by freighter on Bogota-Miami route
As part of Mother's Day celebrations, LATAM Cargo, Kuehne+Nagel and Elite Flower joined forces to purchase more than 25,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
"The amount purchased would reduce the equivalent of the total emissions generated by a cargo flight on the Bogota-Miami route, carrying a large shipment of flowers, mainly roses," says an official release.
SAF acquired was produced from used cooking oil, which, after being treated, was blended with traditional jet fuel, the release added. "Considering that SAF has an attributed CO2 reduction factor of about 80 percent in its life cycle compared to conventional fuel, the companies purchased the necessary quantity of SAF to achieve the total emissions reduction on the announced route."
Andrés Bianchi, CEO, LATAM Cargo says: "This initiative marks yet another milestone for the LATAM Group in our efforts against climate change. We want to make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the region, and to this end, among other things, we have committed to be carbon neutral by 2050. This purchase is in line with this objective as it allows us to continue moving forward with our SAF agenda. It also reflects the importance of collaboration throughout the logistics chain in order to achieve major changes. We hope that examples like this help capitalise on South America's potential for SAF generation."
Ingo Goldhammer, President, South and Central America, Kuehne+Nagel adds: "There is no doubt that climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. At Kuehne+Nagel, we understand this, and, as an industry, we need to accelerate the path to reducing global warming. Our alliance with Elite Flower and LATAM Cargo reflects that collaboration between companies is the best way to carry out concrete actions, with each company contributing its experience and expertise to work under a common goal that benefits us all."
Galo Sanchez, Executive Vice President, Elite Group, says: "Sustainability is at the core of our values at Elite Group and in each part of our business units. Thus, we understand the urgency of addressing the environmental challenges of flowers' transportation by air freight from Colombia and Ecuador to the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Our relentless pursuit to reduce emissions continues as we work toward our net zero goal. By investing directly in SAF, we are taking a significant step toward reducing our emissions and contributing to a better future for the environment. This initiative is in line with our broader sustainability strategy, where we are exploring innovative solutions to achieve a more sustainable supply chain.”