DB Schenker joins Cathay Pacific’s SAF programme


German logistics giant DB Schenker has joined Cathay Pacific’s Corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme to significantly cut carbon emissions for cargo shipments.

“By partnering with Cathay Pacific on SAF, we are reinforcing our sustainability commitment and leadership in the skies. The collaboration underlines our environmental stewardship in air cargo and supports the global push for SAF by increasing demand for it across more regions across the globe, which will ultimately contribute to a more sustainable future,” said Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker.

Launched in 2022, Cathay Pacific’s Corporate SAF Programme allows members to purchase sustainable fuel for flights departing from Hong Kong and other hubs.

DB Schenker’s commitment to buy 878 tonnes of SAF (290,000 gallons) strengthens their existing sustainability efforts, which began in 2020 with using SAF for a portion of their air cargo transport.

SAF is crucial for the aviation industry’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Cathay Pacific itself has pledged to source 10% of its fuel needs from SAF by 2030. This collaboration with DB Schenker complements Cathay Cargo’s existing Fly Greener program that offers carbon offsetting options.

The partnership highlights a collaborative industry approach to sustainability. Cathay Pacific recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Airlines to promote SAF development and adoption in the Asia Pacific region. Additionally, Cathay Cargo invested in next-generation Airbus A350F freighters for improved fuel efficiency.

Earlier in January, the airline also signed up Dimerco Express, Yusen Logistics and Business Environment Council to its Corporate SAF Programme.