IndiGo signs pact to explore potential of using sustainable aviation fuel in aircraft

By The Hindu

IndiGo is exploring the potential of using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in aircraft and the airline has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)with an international SAF provider, astatement said on Friday.

However, the carrier did not reveal the name of the SAFprovider.

Commercial aviation is responsible for about 2-3% of the global carbon emissions. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has given up flying to reduce her personal carbon footprint, boosting the “flight shame” movement in Europe and other parts of the world.

In a report titled ‘IndiGo Green’ released on Friday, India’s largest airline stated that it knows that the SAF is not in mass production currently. However, knowing the importance of SAF, IndiGo is exploring the potential of using it and is in talks with its manufacturers globally, it said.

“The utilisation of SAF commercially is still a few years away but as a leader in Indian aviation, we have already embarked on this journey by signing our first MoU with an international SAF provider,” it added.

Steps soon to be implemented
IndiGo said it is currently taking up the following steps to reduce its aviation turbine fuel (ATF) consumption to decreased its carbon footprint — fleet modernisation; implementing weight reduction measures on board;optimising flight routes; improving flight operations; and following fuel-efficient bestpractices.

“At IndiGo, we also believe that the use of all the above practices combined together cannot match the impact which can be created by sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). However, we also understand that SAF is not in mass production,” it said.

The airline said it saved 4.67 lakh tonnes of aviation turbine fuel between 2014-15 to 2020-21.

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