Air Greenland has signed an agreement with DCC Energy and Shell Aviation Denmark for the provision of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for Air Greenland’s flights between Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen Airport. As a result of the SAF supply agreement, SAF will account for approximately 5% of the fuel consumption on the Air Greenland Copenhagen service, currently higher than any other flight route in Denmark.
“With the replacement of our Atlantic aircraft for an A330-800 neo, we took another important step in the green transition of aviation in December,” said Jacob Nitter Sørensen, CEO, Air Greenland. “Now, we also commit to using up to 5% of SAF on our flights to and from Copenhagen. The combined impact of the SAF and our new aircraft fleet will reduce our CO2 emissions.”
Air Greenland’s voluntary adoption of SAF into its flight operations comes ahead of the European Union mandates which take effect in 2025, at a higher level than will be initially expected of the airline.
“In light of the fact that the EU is discussing a SAF mandate starting at 2% in 2025, it is really a big step that we are now taking with Air Greenland,” added Ulrik V. Brendstrup, CEO, DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark. “It is by far the largest SAF supply agreement, in terms of fuel proportions, that we have ever signed.”
Ashleigh McDougall, General Manager, Shell Aviation Europe and and Africa, was pleased with the role Shell has played in delivering SAF to Air Greenland: “Air Greenland and Shell both recognise that SAF will be the key lever to decarbonise flight by 2050 and through this agreement we’re helping to make Greenland a more sustainable travel destination.”
This new agreement served as an example of DCC bringing its customers novel decarbonisation solutions, said Fabian Ziegler, CEO, DCC Energy, who added it “builds on our other “firsts” in the Danish aviation market over the last couple of years.”
Image: Air Greenland, DCC Energy and Shell Aviation Denmark