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CO2-neutral on commercial aviation – the future is now

Johanna Koyser
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Commercial aviation and climate protection are two things that often do not go hand in hand. But this separation could soon be over – on a grand scale. Yesterday, Sunday, the first CO2-neutral commercial cargo flight took off from Frankfurt. A cooperation between DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo.

But how does that work? The answer is Sustainable Aviation Fuel, SAF for short. Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a kerosene which is synthetic, but at the same time sustainable. After all, it is largely produced from biomass. If you fly with SAF fuel, you avoid the fossil CO2 emissions that have been common up to now. According to official information, combustion in the engine releases only CO2, which was previously removed from the atmosphere. For example, during plant growth of the biomass used. This makes it possible to fly CO2-neutral using Sustainable Aviation Fuel, even for large aircraft. Because in this specific case a Boeing 777F was used.

We are already further ahead than many think when it comes to climate protection in air freight. We can demonstrate this with the first CO2-neutral freight flight in history. With the start of the 2021 summer flight schedule, DB Schenker will offer greenhouse gas-neutral air freight as a regular product. As a logistics provider, DB Schenker is the link between the loading industry and the airlines in order to actually implement climate protection in air freight. I am convinced that there is a great demand for this type of green transport and I am looking forward to seeing who will follow suit.

Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker

This CO2-neutral cargo flight is a great signal for international aviation. After all, the SAF served on a route from Frankfurt to Shanghai. So it no longer seems to be thinking of the future that commercial air traffic will become CO2-neutral.

Picture © Oliver Rösler / Lufthansa Cargo

by Johanna Koyser

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