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Kintetsu World Express and IAG Cargo Reach Agreement to Expand Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

  • Kintetsu World Express, Inc. is reducing its Scope 3 carbon emissions footprint by part-funding IAG’s purchase of approximately 640,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

  • The SAF is scheduled to be delivered during 2024 as part of IAG Cargo and Kintetsu World Express, Inc.’s commitments to decarbonising air cargo

  • The SAF will be produced from used cooking oil and food waste, and reduces net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 90 per cent compared to conventional jet fuel

Kintetsu World Express, Inc. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President & C.E.O.: Nobutoshi Torii) (KWE) and IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), have signed an agreement to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Through the agreement, KWE will part-fund the purchase of 640,000 litres of SAF, which will reduce its supply chain Scope 3 emissions. The SAF, which will be certified by ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) and produced from used cooking oil and food waste, will have a more than 90% improvement in lifecycle emissions as compared to conventional jet fuel, and will reduce over 1,800 tonnes of GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis.

“Looking around the world, we can't help but feel that we are finally approaching a global climate 'tipping point'. As a group of companies in the transport sector responsible for around 20% of global GHG emissions, we must further accelerate more substantial industry-wide efforts to decarbonize. SAF remains the most effective way to reduce our largest Scope 3 emissions which come from air freight forwarding. We are proud and delighted to be working with IAG Cargo, our long-time business partner. Together, we look forward to leading the decarbonization of the industry.” states Nobutoshi Torii, President & C.E.O. of KWE.

Saleem Saeed, Sustainability Manager at IAG Cargo said: “This marks our first SAF partnership in Asia, and we are delighted to support KWE to address Scope 3 emissions for their supply chain. We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and contributing to the wider sustainability goals of the air cargo industry. This is a great example of how we can help our customers in their decarbonization efforts.”


Notes to editors

About Kintetsu World Express, Inc.

Established in 1970, Kintetsu World Express is a comprehensive logistics company with the management philosophy of "Contribute to the development of a global community through logistics services by creating new value, sustaining the environment and collaborating with our clients, shareholders and employees.” With a network of 688 sites in 298 cities in 46 countries around the world, the company is capable of providing a variety of one-stop logistics services, including airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, and logistics. https://www.kwe.com/

About IAG Cargo

IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. Following the integration of additional airlines into the business, including Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL, IAG Cargo now covers a global network covering six continents.

In 2023 IAG Cargo had a commercial revenue of €1,156 million. It has a combined workforce of more than 2,250 people. Its parent company, International Airlines Group, is one of the world's largest airline groups with 582 aircraft at 31st December 2023.

For further information on IAG Cargo, please visit the IAG Cargo YouTube channel: 

http://www.youtube.com/user/IAGCargo or alternatively, visit the IAG Cargo website: https://www.iagcargo.com

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