Kuehne + Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo agree on exclusive partnership to promote CO2 neutral electric fuel


– atmosfair opens the world’s first plant for the production of synthetic SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) in Emsland, Germany
– Kuehne + Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo are among the first customers
– Power-to-liquid is seen as a key technology for the future
of CO2 neutral aviation fuel


Kuehne + Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo have entered into an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of synthetic fuel from the Berlin-based NGO atmosfair. The logistics providers have jointly committed to support the world’s first synthetic SAF production site in Werlte, Emsland (Germany) by purchasing 25,000 liters per year for the next five years. Synthetic fuels have not yet been produced industrially, but are only available in laboratory quantities. This fuel is considered to be the fuel of the future, capable of reducing the CO2 footprint of aircraft engines to zero.

Yngve Ruud, Board Member of Kuehne + Nagel, Head of Air Logistics, commented: ?? Already Kuehne + Nagel customers can avoid carbon emissions from their shipments around the world thanks to our organic solutions SAF and I am excited to see this time come for synthetic SAF as the long term solution for aviation. By securing the first liquid propulsion fuel production 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 emission economy. of the future carbon today. ?

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

With characteristics almost identical to those of conventional jet fuel, sustainable aviation fuels are an essential pillar on the path to CO2 neutral flight. There are two main types of sustainable aviation fuel ?? organic SAF and synthetic SAF.


So far, Kuehne + Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo have used bio SAF to reduce the carbon footprint of air freight. While bio SAF is produced from biomass (low carbon waste and raw materials), the main source of energy and raw materials for the production of synthetic SAF are renewable electricity, water and fuel. carbon dioxide (CO2). Synthetic SAF is seen as the long-term solution for industry as it can be produced without availability limits, avoiding biomass supply limitations, and can reduce emissions by up to 100%.

For more information on Kuehne + Nagel’s sustainable aviation fuel offering, please visit Kuehne + Nagel SAF web page.

About Kuehne + Nagel

With 74,000 employees at 1,400 sites in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in maritime logistics, air logistics, road logistics and contract logistics, with a clear focus on integrated logistics solutions.

On Lufthansa Cargo AG

With a turnover of 2.8 billion euros and a transport performance of 6.5 billion tonne-kilometers of freight in 2020, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world leaders in air freight transport. The company currently employs approximately 4,400 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on airport-to-airport activities. The route network covers around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries, using both cargo aircraft and passenger aircraft cargo capacities operated by Deutsche Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover and SunExpress, as well as trucks. The majority of freight business is handled through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo aligns its commitment to corporate responsibility with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. Lufthansa Cargo is committed to embed five sustainability goals in its corporate activities and to make a substantial contribution to achieving these goals by 2030. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the specialist in the logistics activity of the Lufthansa Group. www.lufthansa-cargo.com

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