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Take the chance to purchase biofuel for your SAS flight

By purchasing biofuel with their ticket, SAS travelers can help reduce the environmental impact of air travel.

The increased use of biofuel instead of fossil fuel is part of the climate transition and one of SAS’ three strategic sustainable focus areas, along with improving fuel efficiency and offering more sustainable products and services. Until recently, biofuel supplies have been very limited, but this is starting to change. To help achieve this climate transition more effectively, you can purchase biofuel as a travel extra when you book your flight or anytime afterwards when you manage your booking.  

SAS has created a model where travelers can buy biofuel to replace fossil fuel corresponding to 20-minute blocks for approximately €10. So, if you’re on a one-hour flight, one 20-minute block will correspond to 33% of your average fuel consumption based on an average flight. If you want biofuel for the full flight, you can, in this example, buy three blocks.

Right now, travelers can earn rewards of 500 EuroBonus Extra points for every 20-minute block they buy for their trip.

This is how it works:

  1. As a SAS traveler you can buy biofuel as a travel extra when you book your flight or anytime afterwards when you manage your booking.  
  2. The amount of biofuel bought will be used to replace the equivalent amount of fossil fuel in SAS’ operations. 
  3. You're ready for take off! The more biofuel blocks you buy, the greater your carbon footprint reduction.

The amount of biofuel a traveler buys won’t necessarily be used on the exact flight the traveler is on, but it will be used to replace the equivalent amount of fossil fuel in SAS’ operations and will increase the share of climate-neutral biofuel.

Biofuel is primarily delivered to SAS hubs at Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. So, if 1,000 tons of biofuel are sold through the upgrade product, SAS will replace 1,000 tons of fossil fuel with biofuel. The biofuel delivered to SAS is certified according to the applicable regulations and is mixed with the fossil fuel in the fuel systems at the airports. This is the most efficient way to do it based on the logistics of operations and the infrastructure of the airports. 

SAS aims to be using biofuel that corresponds to the total SAS domestic traffic (which accounted for 17% of the total amount of fuel in 2018). By 2030, biofuel will be a natural part of SAS operations, but at the moment, the supply of biofuel is still low and costs three or four times more than fossil fuels. SAS has already started using biofuel and wants to give travelers the option to voluntarily contribute toward reducing the greenhouse gases further by buying a bio-fuel upgrade. The new product will act as a bridge towards a more large-scale use of the greener fuel in the coming years, when large-scale commercial production of biofuel in Scandinavia is started. 

In 2021, SAS bought around 1,200 tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAS will promote its new biofuel upgrade product extensively and will also further develop its customer offerings within this area. In parallel, SAS is also developing a corporate sustainability program where corporate customers will be able to replace a percentage of their annual fossil fuel consumption with biofuel on a larger scale.

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