The Air France-KLM Group and sea chefs Cruises Ltd. have jointly taken an active role in reducing CO₂ emissions, after signing an agreement to invest in the aviation group’s corporate SAF Program (Sustainable Aviation Fuel).
Sea chefs Cruises is an international service provider in the areas of hotel, catering and crew management on board cruise ships.
“This agreement is the first signed in Cyprus and among the first that are signed in Europe, and a good example for the corporate customers of the airlines all over the world,” Air France-KLM Regional Manager Yiannis Pantazopoulos said during an event recently held in Cyprus for the signing of the agreement.
“Through this agreement we will be able to reach our goals faster and to promote the production and availability of sustainable aviation fuels on a larger scale, with a more competitive cost compared to fossil fuels,” he added.
Through the SAF program, Air France and KLM corporate customers, after estimating the CO₂ emissions associated with their travel, can determine the annual contribution they wish to make to this program. The Air France-KLM group invests all contributions in the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel. This will support the creation of a sustainable fuel industry that ensures increasingly eco-responsible air transport.
“The importance of business ethics and responsibility plays a primary role for the safekeeping of sustainable development and success. By investing in the Corporate Biofuel Program SAF of Air France-KLM, we want to take an active part in reducing CO₂ emissions that are related to our business travel,” said sea chefs Managing Director David George Tidmarsh.
The event was also attended by Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Yiannis Karousos, Deputy Minister of Shipping Vassilis Dimitriadis and other officials and business representatives.
Air France and KLM have been involved for many years in research and development programs in the field of alternative fuels. Last May, Air France carried out the first long-haul flight powered by SAF produced in France.