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ECS Group, TUI Launch SAF Partnership

Our Bureau - : Jun 24, 2024 - : 9:20 pm

ECS Group and TUI have initiated a partnership involving Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), marking the first collaboration of its kind between an airline and a General Sales & Service Agent (GSSA). ECS Group is contributing 1% SAF to offset the additional fuel consumption linked to cargo on all TUI flights. Additionally, freight forwarders can choose to contribute 10% SAF for their shipments.

The collaboration began in August 2022, with ECS Group financing a 1% SAF blend on all TUI flights. Freight forwarders have the option to contribute to a 10% SAF blend through a SAF surcharge, recorded under Other Charge Due Carrier.

“Air cargo accounts for around 0.4% of global CO2 emissions – equivalent to the emissions of the entire country of Germany. This figure is expected to increase as the air cargo industry continues to grow,” said Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group.

“That is why, at ECS Group, we are contributing to a 1% SAF blend on all TUI flights in this first ever SAF partnership between a GSSA and an airline – and it will not be the last.”

The SAF support scheme is available across the entire network.

“ECS Group has identified short, medium, and long-term priorities to drive sustainability forward within our business and ultimately the industry,” Thominet continued.

“Environmental impact is one of our top priorities, and we are defining a consistent action plan to reduce our carbon emissions and bring our commitments in line with the UN Paris climate agreement. We see in this first SAF partnership with TUI a clear and major opportunity to positively impact our scope 3 emissions.”

“We monitor and evaluate our performance to ensure maximum progress,” he added.

“Sustainability is a top priority for TUI. Reducing CO2 emissions across our hotels, airlines and cruise divisions significantly is a key commitment of TUI Group’s Sustainability Agenda,” said Leen Vander Kuylen, Director of Supplier Management & Procurement, TUI Airline.

“We have set emission reduction targets for 2030 that have been approved by the independent Science Based Targets initiative. This partnership between TUI and ECS supports the sustainability transformation journey we are on. By joining forces, we can make a difference,”


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