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On the way to more sustainable travel

It is only by setting ambitious targets, that we can achieve change. That’s why SAS has set a range of tough targets that we are working hard to achieve, in both the short and long term.

SAS is actively working on reducing onboard weight and on improving and reviewing all onboard consumables, but the biggest investments are in new, modern and more energy efficient aircraft. In addition, in 2019 SAS and Airbus signed a declaration of intent to research around the development of electric aircraft. This is the first time an airline has embarked on a project with an aircraft manufacturer to introduce electric aircraft for large-scale, commercial use. The collaborations with Preem and AirBP, for example, will provide us with access to more sustainable aviation fuels, which emits around 80 percent less climate-impacting CO2 than fossil-based aviation fuel.

The long-term objective is climate-neutral air travel. In the meantime, SAS has set a number of interim targets. Examples include:

  • By 2025, SAS will have reduced total climate-impacting CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared with 2005.
  • By 2030, correspondingly, all domestic flights within Scandinavia (2019: 17 percent) will be powered by sustainable aviation fuels.
  • By 2030, noise will have been reduced by 50 percent compared with 2010.
  • By 2050, SAS will have reduced the climate-impacting CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent compared with 2005. This target is more ambitious than the target set by the IATA, International Air Transport Association.

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