Travelers flying with SAS can now voluntarily
choose to buy biofuel and, by doing so, reduce the impact that
their journey has on the environment.
can purchase biofuel when booking the ticket, or at any time before
“We are continuously developing more sustainable
products and services, including the option to buy biofuel. We are
now inviting our travelers to be part of the transition to a more
sustainable way of traveling,” said Karl Sandlund, Executive Vice
President Commercial, SAS.
Biofuel, which reduces
climate-affecting CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent compared to
conventional jet fuel, is a key enabler to make flying more
sustainable and reach SAS’ target to reduce CO2 emissions by 25
percent by 2030.
SAS is pushing for large-scale production of
advanced biofuel in Scandinavia. The volumes being produced today
are not enough and the price is 3-4 times higher than for
conventional jet fuel.
“In the short term, we believe that
an important step in reducing climate impact is to increase the
use of biofuel. This product makes it easier for our customers to
contribute to this development. It also shows the additional costs
of biofuel today and highlights the need for an increased supply
of commercial biofuel,” said Karl Sandlund.
SAS only uses biofuel
made from sources not affecting the availability of crops used in
food production, access to potable water, biodiversity, and that
use as small an area of land as possible.
Biofuel is delivered
to SAS at the hubs in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, or at a
suitable airport as close as possible to the production facility.
Legislation allows for up to 50 percent of biofuel to be used per
flight. All SAS aircraft are certified to be able to mix 50/50
fossil jet fuel and biofuel.
SAS makes no
profit on the contribution from travelers and it will be added to
the biofuels already purchased by SAS.
This is how the new service works:
SAS has created a
model where travelers can purchase biofuel corresponding to
20-minute blocks of flight time for one passenger. On a 60-minute
flight, one 20-minute block of biofuel will correspond to a third
of the average fuel consumption per passenger, based on an average
flight. For example, to buy extra biofuel for a ticket on a
60-minute flight, a traveler would have to purchase three blocks
to cover the full flight time.
Travelers can buy biofuel when booking flight
tickets, or at any other time before departure under ‘My bookings’.
The amount of biofuel will not necessarily be used on the actual
flight the traveler has bought a ticket for, but it will be used
to replace fossil jet fuel to the equivalent amount in SAS’
Currently (September 2019), prices are set at
/ 10 EUR per block of biofuel.