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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.


“...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”


  • 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


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. 

More info about how to calculate your emissions