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A more sustainable way of traveling

SAS is dedicated to making journeys by air more sustainable, through initiatives from renewing its fleet to reducing weight on board.

Fleet renewal

The main CO2 emission-reducing effort is modernizing the fleet by adding A320neos, the most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft available today, and long-haul A350s, which lower CO2 emissions by some 15 to 18% compared with previous-generation aircraft. There are 39 A320neos already in service.

 

Biofuel

Private and corporate customers can help by purchasing biofuel as a travel extra. Biofuels can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% throughout their lifecycle compared with fossil fuels.

 

Updated lounges

SAS Lounges are being redesigned using more sustainable materials along with more energy-efficient lighting and other technical equipment. Food waste has also been reduced in the lounges’ food service.

 

More sustainable meals

By preordering meals, SAS travelers can help reduce food waste and weight on board. SAS is making its menus more sustainable too by using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients and reducing animal-based proteins.

Less onboard weight

SAS has refreshed the cabins in 90% of its fleet to make the aircraft more weight-efficient with components that include lightweight seats and carts and SAS has also stopped its tax-free sales service on board.

New materials

By stopping, replacing or reducing, SAS aims to be using 100% sustainable materials by 2030. This means that SAS is evaluating all materials, from on-ground areas such as SAS Fast Track, SAS Service Points and SAS Lounges to onboard interiors, comfort kits, uniforms, food packaging and more. The Cube, SAS’ New Nordic dining concept, now has more sustainable packaging and contains less plastic.

 

CO2 offsets

SAS provides carbon offsetting as a free, integrated part of all Youth tickets and also offsets all EuroBonus members’ travel on SAS. The CO2 compensation depends on how many Youth and EuroBonus member tickets are sold and to where. In January 2020, SAS compensated for 45% of total CO2 emissions.

 

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