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Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel sign SAF offtake with atmosfair

Switzerland-headed global logistics major Kuehne + Nagel International AG & Co (Kuehne+Nagel) and Germany's Lufthansa Cargo AG have agreed on an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of a power-to-liquid (PtL) sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The logistics service providers have jointly committed to purchasing the equivalent of 20 tonnes (≈ 25 000 litres) annually from German NGO atmosfair's production site for synthetic crude in Werlte/Emsland.

Kuehne + Nagel International AG & Co (Kuehne+Nagel) and Lufthansa Cargo AG have agreed on an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of a power-to-liquid (PtL) sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The logistics service providers have jointly committed to purchasing the equivalent of 20 tonnes annually from the German NGO atmosfair’s production site for synthetic crude in Werlte/Emsland (photo courtesy Lufthansa Cargo).

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are seen as an essential pillar on the way to carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral flying. These fuels can be produced in various ways, and until now, both Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel have used SAF of biogenic origin such as used cooking oils (UCO).

In the case of power-to-liquid (PtL) fuel, synthetic crude is produced from renewable electricity, water, and CO2. Bonn-based NGO atmosfair has built and is commissioning its own PtL “syncrude” plant.

We clearly see the key to a sustainable reduction of our emissions in flight operations in the research and use of synthetic, sustainable aviation fuels. The fact that we are now pioneering power-to-liquid technology together with Kuehne+Nagel makes us particularly proud and shows once again that we are actively tackling our climate protection challenges, said Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

Located in Werlte/Emsland, renewable electricity and CO2 from a biogas plant are used to produce syncrude. This is then refined into finished Jet A1 fuel for aircraft at the Heide refinery north of Hamburg, fed into the refinery’s total volume, and delivered to Hamburg Airport.

This first industrial plant is so far unique in Germany. Regular operation is planned by atmosfair for the first quarter of 2022.

Already now, Kuehne+Nagel customers can avoid carbon emissions of their shipments globally with our bio SAF solutions and I am delighted to see that time has come for synthetic SAF as the long‐term solution for aviation. By securing the first power-to-liquid fuel production together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are sending a strong message of commitment and collaboration, inviting our industry colleagues and customers to join us in creating the low-carbon economy of the future already today, said Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics.

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