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Bolloré Logistics and AFKLMP Cargo extend, expand sustainability partnership

Bolloré Logistics and AFKLMP Cargo extend, expand sustainability partnership

On Monday 4 July, Bolloré Logistics and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo)
signed an agreement aimed at continuing and further expanding both parties’ sustainability
partnership.

This joint effort includes an extension of Bolloré’s participation in AFKLMP Cargo’s SAF programme, which already started in January 2021 for cargo flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and New York John F. Kennedy airports.

This new agreement between the two long-standing partners covers all routes operated by Air France KLM Martinair Cargo in all geographical areas and will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 75% throughout the year, by a minimum of 4,400 tonnes of CO2.

The continuation of this partnership is also a testament to the shared ambition of both companies to pursue their respective commitments to contribute sustainably to the decarbonisation of airfreight transport.

“Today’s challenges mean that our customers have very specific expectations regarding the
management of their supply chain and are now opting for eco-responsible solutions in line with their commitments. We were among the first to make this shift with our partner Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and we will continue developing our offer to achieve our scope 3 CO2 reduction targets,” said Claude Picciotto, head of airfreight procurement at Bolloré Logistics.

“We at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo are thrilled to be teaming up with our long-standing partner Bolloré Logistics to pursue the development of a more sustainable airfreight logistics chain. Together we pioneered the use of sustainable aviation fuel, a key milestone, but it will be even more important to persevere and speed up our efforts to meet our sustainability targets,” says Christophe Boucher, EVP Air France Cargo.

This initiative is part of the AIRsaf offer launched by Bolloré Logistics in July 2021. Based on the use of sustainable aviation fuel, this offer also includes an end-to-end solution, with environmentally responsible pre- and post-carriage procedures, as well as management of reusable transport packaging.

It is also in line with its “Powering Sustainable Logistics” CSR programme, in which Bolloré Logistics committed to cut its scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport by 30% by 2030 compared to 2019.

Air France-KLM sustainability commitment In October 2021, the Air France-KLM Group committed to having its CO2 emissions reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), ensuring that its targets are in line with the Paris Agreement. Air France-KLM is one of the first European airline groups to have its decarbonisation
trajectory validated by SBTi. This new important step in the Group’s decarbonisation strategy comes in addition to its objective of net zero emissions by 2050.

Air France-KLM’s decarbonisation trajectory includes an ambitious plan to renew the Group’s airline fleet with next generation aircraft emitting 20-25 percent less CO2. Between 2019 and 2021, the Group invested €2.5 billion in fleet renewal.

The search for greater efficiency in its operations, by favouring more direct trajectories and applying procedures that limit fuel consumption (lighter aircraft, single-engine taxi, continuous descent) are part of AFKLMP sustainability efforts. Air France and KLM have set themselves the target of carbon neutrality for ground operations by 2030.

In addition, Air France-KLM is mobilizing the entire sector and is committed to developing innovative solutions for aircraft design and maintenance, engines, and synthetic fuels, which will gradually lead to carbon-free aviation

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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