Virgin Atlantic Cargo: New SAFc Programme

By Loura

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has made an important step towards improved carbon management by launching its new SAFc Programme.

This article will offer an in-depth analysis of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s newest project and explain how it affects consumers.

The firm hopes to help clients efficiently manage their carbon footprints by adopting the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Certificate (SAFc) initiative, while also committing to the procurement of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Virgin Atlantic Cargo: New SAFc Programme

The launch of the SAFc initiative corresponds with Virgin Atlantic’s ambitious objective of using SAF to power 10% of its aircraft by 2030.

This effort helps the worldwide aviation sector achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

A Strategic Partnership with Neste

Virgin Atlantic formed a strategic collaboration with Neste in 2022 to purchase 2.5 million litres of Neste Oyi neat SAF for London Heathrow. This sustainable aviation fuel is critical to the recently created SAFc initiative.

Managing Carbon Emissions Made Easy

Customers of Virgin Atlantic Cargo will earn a certificate for Scope 3 emissions reductions in air freight as part of the SAFc project.

They will also get access to Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s specialised air freight carbon calculator, an independently verified in-house tool.

This revolutionary calculator uses real aircraft emissions data from Virgin Atlantic to provide consumers with insights and allow them to actively manage and minimise their carbon footprints.

DB Schenker: First Partner of the SAFc Programme

DB Schenker, a well-known German corporation, is the initial partner of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s SAFc initiative.

DB Schenker has committed to buying thousands of tonnes of Scope 3 emissions reductions, indicating its commitment to sustainable air freight practises.

Executive Perspectives

Phil Wardlaw, Vice President and Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, comments on the SAFc program’s introduction, emphasising the need of cooperation and partnership in creating sustainable solutions for air travel.

“Our new SAFc programme allows us to collaborate with customers and support them in making lower-carbon choices in order to meet sustainability targets,” he says.

It gives customers a clear picture of their emissions and makes future SAF contributions easier, both of which are critical milestones towards our Net Zero targets.”

“While our fleet is already one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry,” Wardlaw continues, “SAF represents the most significant opportunity for decarbonizing aviation in the near to medium term.”

However, commercialising SAF on a large scale, particularly in the UK, requires cross-industry and government collaboration.

Our fuel plan will help us create creative solutions and achieve our common objectives as we collaborate with our sustainability and cross-industry partners.”

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker, agrees and emphasises the significance of carbon neutrality.

“Climate neutrality is an ambitious goal, but it must be our guiding principle,” he says.

As a result, we are constantly broadening our offering of fossil-free air freight options.

We are happy to be Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s first SAF partner. Together, we provide new options for our clients to significantly reduce their carbon impact.”

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Its Customers Can Look Forward to a Greener Future

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s SAFc Programme is an important step towards more sustainable flying.

The organisation displays its commitment to a cleaner future by helping consumers to control and decrease their carbon footprints.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo, with DB Schenker as its first partner, lays the path for other organisations to adopt sustainable practises in air freight.

The aviation sector can get closer to its objective of net-zero carbon emissions via cooperation and creative solutions.