(27 June 2021)
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a
voluntary carbon offset programme, which will enable customers of
its passenger and cargo airlines to offset their own carbon
emissions via dedicated microsites.
Customers of Singapore Airlines and Scoot can now
offset carbon emissions at any time before or after a flight. SIA
and Scoot will also match the offsets that customers purchase for
the first six months from the launch of this programme.
Customers will also be able to use their KrisFlyer
miles and HighFlyer points to offset their carbon emissions from
SIA Cargo customers will be able to offset their
emissions through a dedicated microsite, which will be available
in late July 2021.
Corporate customers will be able to participate in
the programme from Q4 2021.
Contributions from the SIA Group’s customers would
help to protect forests in Indonesia, support renewable solar
energy projects in India, and provide efficient, clean burning
cookstoves for rural families in Nepal.
Ms Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate
Planning, Singapore Airlines, said, “Through the SIA Group’s
voluntary carbon offset programme, our customers now have an
opportunity to offset their emissions through accredited projects
that provide clear benefits to people and the planet.
Matching their offsets is our way of encouraging our customers to
fly carbon neutral. The programme supports the group’s commitment
to buttress our sustainability efforts, and reinforces our
leadership position in the airline industry as we recover from the
impact of the COVID19 pandemic.”
The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo
digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based
Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM).
Mr Peter Castellas, Chief Executive Officer, TEM,
said, “SIA is committed in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions,
and tackle the environmental impact of air travel. Empowering
customers to take action on climate change by offsetting their
emissions is an imperative in the way we will be returning to
travel. We are thrilled to partner with a powerful global airline
to make a powerful positive impact on people and the planet.”
In May 2021, the
SIA Group committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
This will be achieved by investments in new-generation aircraft,
achieving higher operational efficiency, adopting low-carbon
technology such as sustainable aviation fuels, and sourcing for
high quality carbon offsets.
Today, the best way for an airline to materially
reduce its emissions is by operating a young fleet of aircraft.
The SIA Group’s fleet today has an average age of five years 10
months. The group also continues to invest in the latest
technology, with an order book comprising new-generation models
such as Airbus’ A350-900 and A320neo Family, as well as Boeing’s
777-9, 787 Family and 737-8 Max. These aircraft are up to 30% more
fuel-efficient and have lower carbon emissions compared to
SIA has also been an active member of the
Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) since 2011. In 2017,
SIA launched a series of green package flights from San Francisco
to Singapore that incorporated sustainable aviation fuels,
fuel-efficient aircraft and optimised air traffic management
measures. In 2020, SIA worked with Stockholm’s Swedavia Airport to
uplift sustainable aviation fuels on flights departing from the
Beyond reducing direct emissions, carbon
offsetting can play an important and complementary role. The SIA
Group is a participant in the International Civil Aviation
Organisation’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for
International Aviation (CORSIA).
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