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Your reason for traveling is our reason for making traveling more sustainable

We are currently facing major shared challenges around our global impact on climate and the environment. Clearly, SAS takes responsibility for its part in this and we’re working to ensure that we can continue to travel, meet and experience other cultures. Every part of SAS is working on ways of achieving more sustainable travel. From the search for innovative technical solutions to the small but important improvements at day-to-day level. Together, we are taking many steps in the right direction. That’s why, here at SAS, we’ve launched a range of different projects and initiatives to make our journeys more sustainable. You can read about some of them on this page, and you'll find our full report here; SAS Group sustainability report 2017–2018.

On the way to more sustainable travel

It is only by setting ambitious targets, that we can achieve change. That’s why SAS has set a range of tough targets that we are working hard to achieve, in both the short and long term.

We are actively working on reducing onboard weight and on improving and reviewing all onboard consumables, but the biggest investments are in new, modern and more energy efficient aircraft. In addition, in 2019 SAS and Airbus signed a declaration of intent to research around the development of electric aircraft. This is the first time an airline has embarked on a project with an aircraft manufacturer to introduce electric aircraft for large-scale, commercial use. The collaborations with Preem and AirBP, for example, will provide us with access to more biofuel, which emits around 80 percent less climate-impacting CO2 than fossil-based aviation fuel.

The long-term objective is climate-neutral air travel.

In the meantime, here at SAS we have set ourselves a number of interim targets.

Examples include:

  • By 2020, we will have reduced our emissions of climate-impacting CO2 per passenger and kilometer by 20 percent compared with 2010.
  • By 2030, we will have reduced total climate-impacting CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared with 2005.
  • By 2030, correspondingly, all our domestic flights within Scandinavia (2018: 17 percent) will be powered by biofuel.
  • By 2030, noise will have been reduced by 50 percent compared with 2010.
  • By 2050, we will have reduced our climate-impacting CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent compared with 2005. This target is more ambitious than the target set by the IATA, International Air Transport Association.

New, more efficient aircraft

SAS is making major investments in new aircraft. That means more comfortable journeys, but more importantly, it significantly reduces climate-impacting emissions.

SAS and Airbus in partnership to develop electric aircraft

SAS has been working on reducing the environmental impact of our flights for decades. In May 2019 we took a historic step by entering into a partnership with aircraft manufacturer Airbus in order to pave the way for the large-scale use of electric and hybrid technology in commercial aircraft.

Biofuel, paving the way for fossil-free travel

Using biofuel to power our aircraft is an effective way of reducing the climate-impacting emissions of existing aircraft. Here at SAS we currently use 100 tonnes of biofuel annually. In the context of our annual consumption, this is a small amount which we plan to dramatically increase, for example through a collaboration with our existing and future fuel suppliers. Two such examples are AirBP and Preem.

Carbon offsetting of emissions that current technology can’t manage yet

Here at SAS we’re working really hard to minimise CO2 emissions from air travel. But we’re not satisfied with that. Until fully carbon-neutral flights are an option, our passengers can choose to carbon offset their trip. And we automatically carbon offset all SAS tickets purchased by our EuroBonus members and young travellers.

Dry wash – good news for the environment

It’s important that we keep our aircraft clean, but not at the cost of the environment. That’s why we’ve introduced a new, more environmentally sustainable way of cleaning our aircraft fleet. This means that we can now clean an entire aircraft with just 60 litres of water.

Weight – every kilo matters

It’s actually quite simple. The fewer kilos we have to transport, the less fuel we consume. Here at SAS, we are working on a daily basis to find ways of reducing the onboard weight of our aircraft.


Sustainability is an ­integrated part of SAS

We believe aviation plays an important role in society by connecting communities, cultures and people in a time efficient way. Therefore, we need to make flying more sustainable by reducing our climate impact and increasing our impact in society. The Scandinavian people are passionate about sustainability which motivates us to exceed the climate targets by IATA on our sustainable journey. Every sustainable action counts. Step by step.

EuroBonus members are one sustainable step ahead

Travelers know the magic that is the experience of traveling to new places, learning new things and exploring new cultures – and at the same time sharing a common desire for more sustainable air travel.

As one step towards more responsible traveling, and as a unique offering to our EuroBonus community, SAS now carbon offsets (CO2-offsets) all our EuroBonus members’ trips on SAS flights. If not already a EuroBonus member, this is the time to sign up.

At SAS, we have been committed to reducing our negative environmental impact for a long time, and on this journey every action counts - big and small. We invest in new aircraft that reduce emissions, technological innovation and smart solutions. We strive to be at the forefront among airlines regarding sustainability, and CO2 offsetting is one of many steps on this journey. Youth Tickets already include free CO2-offsetting, and just like before, customers can choose to pay for CO2-offsetting by their own choice.

Goals

“...we set a new goal to reduce our total carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 compared to base year 2005.. . we reckon that around half of these reductions will be achieved through fleet renewal and other improvements, and the rest through the adoption of biofuels”

achievements

  • 13.3% reduction in CO2 emission per passenger kilometer since 2010
  • 1.4% reduction in CO2 emission per passenger kilometer since FY2017
  • 15-18% lower emissions with new aircraft A320neo compared to the aircraft it is replacing.
  • 23+ years of sustainability reporting
     

SAS group sustainability report -2017-2018 (english)

Fleet renewal

An integral part of SAS’ strategy is to replace older aircraft with newer ones, an important part in reducing emissions and reaching our ambitious sustainability goals. The A320neo that was introduced in 2018 reduces the fuel consumption and associated emissions by approximately 15-18% compared to the aircraft it’s replacing.

The Airbus 320neo, that will operate on short-haul flights, is with its bigger engines and sharklet wingtips the most environmentally-friendly choice on these distances. The Neo is quieter than ever before, and lit with mood lights, the cabins of Neo give you a superior experience, compared to the classic Airbus aircraft.

SAS’ strategy is to replace older aircraft with newer ones

Biofuel 

By 2030, we also aim to use bio-based jet fuel equivalent to our total domestic flight consumption. To help facilitate the large-scale development of biofuels, we signed a letter of intent with Preem to potentially supply 10–12% of our total fuel demand by 2023.

Aviation accounts for roughly 2% of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. 

SAS receives regular deliveries of biofuel from AirBP and the airline has signed a Letter of Intent regarding potential future biofuel deliveries with the fuel supplier Preem.

Sustainable jet fuels

CO2 offset

The carbon offsetting program is one of several SAS environmental and sustainability initiatives focusing on reducing emissions.

SAS CO2 offset for all our own business trips, all Youth Tickets,  all our EuroBonus members’ trips on SAS flights and we offer all other passengers the same option.

SAS’ carbon offsetting is handled by its partner Natural Capital Partners, a company that focuses on renewable energy.

SAS also partnering with ­other organizations, including the Swedish alpine ski team, who will offset their carbon footprint by buying biofuel when they travel. 

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