Biofuel for aviation: Epta supports AirFrance-KLM
01 Dec 2022
01 Dec 2022
Epta has always been at the forefront of sustainability. That is why, by joining the Corporate Biofuel Program of AirFrance-KLM, it contributes to the production of aviation biofuel.
The project, renamed SAF Program (Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program), aims to raise awareness of sustainable travel. The goal is to make this resource available on a large scale and drastically reduce the carbon footprint associated with air transport.
The Group's contribution, translated into sustainable fuel, is worth 23.1 mT (Metric Ton).
The initiative of the Franco-Dutch airline group, already launched last year, is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It aims to stimulate the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through a more competitive price compared to fossil fuels.
Sustainable fuel is the most effective measure to significantly reduce the environmental impact of flights.
Produced from renewable sources such as used cooking oil and agricultural or forestry residues, SAF is the result of a cleaner production process and contributes to the circular economy.
Not only that. As a drop-in fuel, it mixes perfectly with fossil fuel. Once blended, it requires no equipment modifications.
In this sense, SAF reduces CO2 emissions at source by at least 75%. A significant figure, especially considering that the aviation industry is responsible for 2-3% of total anthropogenic emissions.
SAF, from the 1st of January 2021 to the 31st of December of the same year, resulted in an 84.5% reduction in emissions compared to normal aviation fuel, considering the entire life cycle of the biofuel.
In 2021, Epta, after estimating the cost of its employees' travel in terms of environmental impact, allocated €15,000 to the initiative.
For the Epta Group, joining the project means implementing its responsible development plan. A mission that does not end with attention to the resources employed and funds allocated to make factories and technologies more sustainable, but also involves the promotion of virtuous initiatives.
These include that of AirFrance-KLM, which aims to fly cleaner and is a key step in the completion of the green transition.