LATAM Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel partner on SAF

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LATAM Cargo joined forces with Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) and flower firm Elite Flower to purchase more than 25,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of efforts to offset emissions related to operations from US Mother’s Day.

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.

“This initiative marks yet another milestone for the LATAM Group in our efforts against climate change,” said Andrés Bianchi, chief executive of LATAM Cargo.

“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.”

The initiative also supports K+N’s plans to cut CO2 emissions in its supply chains and reduce their environmental impact.

Ingo Goldhammer, president of K+N for South and Central America, said: “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.”

South America has great potential to produce SAF in terms of natural resources and expertise, said LATAM Airlines. Thus, it is capable of making a very significant contribution to climate action.

For this reason, the company said, collaborative work between the different actors involved in the industry is necessary to promote the production of SAF in the region.

In 2021, the LATAM Group launched its renewed sustainability strategy in which it set challenging goals: for SAF to represent 5% of all fuel consumption in its operations by 2030; to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050; to eliminate single-use plastics by 2023; and to become a zero-waste-to-landfill group by 2027.

In March, K+N communicated its new business strategy for the next four years and, in order to meet its goal, it established the following priority pillars: K+N Experience, Digital Ecosystem, Market Potential and Living ESG.

The latter with a focus on developing concrete actions that contribute to reducing environmental impact, along with working at a social level with the communities with the support of a consolidated governance structure.

In its commitment to decarbonising the industry, the company has reached agreements at a global level to be able to offer SAF in the 100 countries where it operates.

In addition to this, K+N provides platforms to its clients such as myKN and SeaExplorer, capable of providing visibility on the carbon emissions of operations as well as providing reporting that seeks to measure, avoid and reduce the carbon footprint around logistics processes.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]