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DSV becomes 1st Etihad Cargo partner to purchase SAF to offset carbon emissions


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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, announced Nov. 30 that DSV Global Transport and Logistics has become the carrier’s first partner to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to offset the carbon emissions of its cargo shipment.


Via the book-and-claim system, Etihad Cargo facilitated DSV’s SAF purchase, enabling the transport and logistics provider to offset CO2 emissions and reduce non-CO2 climate impact. Etihad Cargo transported DSV’s cargo shipment from Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi on Etihad’s first transatlantic net-zero flight Nov. 13.


Etihad’s Boeing 787 “Greenliner” combined SAF with contrail-prevention technology from its partner Satavia to actively manage carbon emissions and non-CO2 climate effects from contrails, or condensation trails, which cause surface warming and are responsible for up to two-thirds of aviation’s climate impact.


“Etihad was recently named the Environmental Airline of the Year, and Etihad Cargo is committed to providing solutions that enable its partners and customers to achieve their sustainability ambitions,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president of global sales and cargo at Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad Cargo is witnessing more focus on sustainable air cargo from customers who are seeking to establish partnerships that provide SAF utilization, carbon-offset initiatives and management of non-CO2 climate impact. Etihad Cargo’s partnership with DSV to transport cargo utilizing the SAF book-and-claim system has showcased the power of collaboration and demonstrated the future of net-zero aviation. The successful delivery of DSV’s shipment has proved net-zero air cargo operations are possible and is the first step in transforming the possible into the routine.”


Offering partners and customers the option to transport cargo more sustainably via the SAF book-and-claim system is the latest step in Etihad Cargo’s sustainability journey. In alignment with Abu Dhabi Environment Vision and Etihad Aviation Group’s sustainability strategy, Etihad Cargo has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The carrier is targeting a 20 percent reduction in emissions intensity by 2025 and aims to cut 2019 net emissions by 50 percent by 2035.


Demonstrating the carrier’s commitment to achieving sustainability through partnerships, Etihad Cargo became the first Middle Eastern carrier to join the International Air Cargo Association’s BlueSky verification program, enabling the carrier to assess its progress against eight critical sustainability criteria via an evidence-based desktop-verification process.



Etihad Cargo also recently announced a partnership with the International Air Transport Association to trial a cargo-specific CO2 emission-calculation tool, which will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator. During the three-month trial, Etihad Cargo will share data on fuel burn, load factors and other key variables from flights and cargo shipments and advise on various use cases.



IATA and Etihad Cargo will use the world’s first cargo-dedicated CO2 emissions-calculation tool to manage and report on sustainability progress to provide the entire value chain—including shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators—with reliable and trustworthy data.

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