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Neste and CargoAi launch partnership offering SAF purchase option when booking cargo transport

Matthieu Petot - CEO CargoAi

CargoAi is offering freight forwarders and their clients the ability to purchase Neste sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when booking a cargo transport through its platform.

Such purchases can be done in the booking flow – either after a booking is confirmed or when the cargo is being tracked – and will allow bookers to “significantly reduce” the carbon emissions of their cargo transport, CargoAi said.

The offering complements CargoAi’s ‘Cargo2ZERO’ sustainability offering launched in October 2022.

“We are proud of this landmark partnership with Neste, as sustainability is at the core of all our product developments and customer interactions,” said CargoAi’s CEO Matthieu Petot. “Building on the CO2 Efficiency Score already available in our Cargo2ZERO solution, will further encourage forwarders to enter into discussions with their own clients about what is needed for the industry to move forward towards reaching the industry’s Net Zero targets together. We are also enabling access for smaller freight forwarding companies in 110 countries to purchase SAF in smaller quantities.”

Neste’s vice president business development, renewable aviation Jason Reichow commented: “I am excited to announce this pioneering partnership between Neste and CargoAi. Working with an innovative and industry-leading partner such as CargoAi allows us to accelerate and broaden the utilisation of sustainable aviation fuel into new markets.

“Through this partnership, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel is made available to CargoAi customers for any cargo booking to reduce the emissions of their shipment while utilising CargoAi’s innovative digital booking platform. We are very proud of our partnerships with like-minded organisations sharing the same commitment to a more sustainable future for aviation.”

During the booking or tracking phase, freight forwarders will automatically be prompted with data of the CO2 emissions that their shipment will emit, calculated based on IATA standards. They will then have an option to purchase to reduce emissions. Neste said it would ensure specific SAF volumes purchased are delivered and used by partner aircraft operators.

“We designed Cargo2ZERO as a suite of solutions for integrating and accelerating climate action into the air freight procurement process,” said CargoAi’s chief commercial officer Magali Beauregard. “Purchasing SAF remained until now a hard-to-navigate, resource-intensive process and often required purchases of large volumes, which made reducing emissions at the transactional level very difficult. With the direct purchase of SAF now embedded in the booking execution and tracking flows, we’re taking the next steps to empower climate action by offering our clients straightforward, user-friendly and verifiable means to ensure reduced emissions. We are extremely delighted about this landmark partnership with Neste and confident that this will enable clients of any size to take effective climate action without further delay.”

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