Total Touch Cargo joins AFKLMP Cargo’s sustainability programme
16 / 09 / 2021
By Rachelle Harry
Image source: AFKLMP Cargo
Africa-based forwarder Total Touch Cargo Holland BV (TTC) has become the latest firm to join Air France KLM Martinair Cargo’s (AFKLMP Cargo) sustainability programme.
The partnership will see AFKLMP Cargo using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on selected cargo flights from Nairobi to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, carrying TTC’s fresh agricultural and horticultural products.
The agreement also includes a fixed annual investment from TTC that will allow AFKLMP Cargo to “further expand the development and procurement of SAF”.
“TTC’s contribution will be used to cover the cost differential between conventional aircraft fuel and SAF,” AFKLMP Cargo said in a statement.
Bénédicte Duval, vice president Africa at AFKLMP Cargo, welcomed TTC’s chief executive and owner Harry van der Plas at Schiphol to sign the agreement documents (both pictured).
Pier Luigi Vigada, director Eastern and Southern Africa at AFKLMP Cargo, commented: “We are delighted that a professional company like TTC and its visionary chief executive Harry van der Plas have teamed up with us.
“TTC is the first freight forwarding agent in Africa to commit to our SAF programme. Its vision on sustainability and enthusiasm about our programme form part of a clear path to make the airfreight industry for daily commodities, a cleaner and more sustainable one. Congratulations to TTC.”
Harry van der Plas, chief executive and owner of TTC, added: “The SAF programme fits in perfectly with our vision and drive to be a first-mover in relation to innovative industry developments, as well as maintaining a focused strategy to be a distinguished service provider with top-quality airlines and long-term relationships to achieve optimal customer satisfaction.”
SAF is a jet fuel made from renewable sources such as cooking oil and serves as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel that can “reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 75%”. It is blended with conventional fossil fuel and can be used by all aircraft engines.
The AFKLMP Cargo SAF programme enables stakeholders in the logistical and airfreight industries to power a percentage of their flights with SAF.