Koppert Biological Systems and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) entered into a partnership today within the framework of the airline's sustainable aviation fuel programme. Under the partnership, AFKLMP Cargo will use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on selected international cargo flights carrying Koppert's agricultural and horticultural products for biological pest control.
The international biocontrol company is participating in AFKLMP Cargo's SAF programme in an effort to reduce its transport-related carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Koppert's live cargo of beneficial insects, fungi and other microbiological substances must be handled with special care so that they arrive at their international destinations in good health and can be used to control pests and diseases in food, floriculture and other crops around the world. Koppert's biocontrol products offer a sustainable alternative to chemicals in horticulture and agriculture.
"We have signed an agreement under which we will purchase a full year of sustainable aviation fuel, thereby reducing our carbon dioxide to a level comparable to emissions from our shipments flown by AFKLMP to our main market, the North American continent," says Martijn van de Waarsenburg, Corporate Manager Supply Chain at Koppert. “The SAF programme works in the same way as green energy; SAF is not actually used on the specific flights carrying our shipments, but we are participating actively in AFKLMP's total fuel pool.
By taking part in AFKLMP’s SAF programme, Koppert is acknowledging its responsibility to make transport more sustainable. We hope to set an example for other airfreight agents and shipping companies. SAF is currently the most effective way to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. Together, we can really make a difference.”
GertJan Roelands, SVP Sales & Distribution for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, says: “We are proud
to partner with Koppert Biological Systems, a leading Dutch company that attaches great importance
to sustainability. The SAF programme enables different stakeholders in the logistical airfreight
industry to power a percentage of their flights with SAF. Customers determine their own level of
engagement and we ensure that their entire investment is used for sourcing SAF. By participating in
our programme, our customers not only reduce their carbon footprint, but confirm their commitment to
leading the industry towards a more sustainable future. Only with the support of all stakeholders can
we successfully develop a more viable market for SAF.”