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, has announced 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.

Etihad Cargo facilitated DSV’s SAF purchase via the book and claim system, thereby, enabling them 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 NetZero flight on 13 November.

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 Cargo is witnessing more focus on sustainable air cargo from customers who are seeking to establish partnerships that provide SAF utilisation, carbon offset initiatives and management of non-CO2 climate impact. Etihad Cargo’s partnership with DSV to transport cargo utilising 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.”

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group

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% reduction in emissions intensity by 2025 and aims to cut 2019 net emissions by 50% by 2035.