Promoting power-to-liquid aviation fuel: Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo agree partnership deal

Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo have agreed on an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of power-to-liquid aviation fuel.

The pair have jointly committed to supporting a production site for synthetic crude oil in Werlte/Emsland in Germany by purchasing the equivalent of 20 tonnes, or 25,000 litres, annually for at least five years.

The production site is operated by Berlin-based NGO Atmosfair.

“We clearly see the key to a sustainable reduction of our emissions in flight operations in the research and use of synthetic, sustainable aviation fuels. The fact that we are now pioneering power-to-liquid technology together with Kuehne+Nagel makes us particularly proud and shows once again that we are actively tackling our climate protection challenges,” said Lufthansa Cargo’s CEO Dorothea von Boxberg.

Kuehne+Nagel member of the management board responsible for air logistics Yngve Ruud commented: “Kuehne+Nagel customers can [already] avoid carbon emissions of their shipments globally with our bio sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) solutions and I am delighted to see that time has come for synthetic SAF as the long‐term solution for aviation.

“By securing the first power-to-liquid fuel production together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are sending a strong message of commitment and collaboration, inviting our industry colleagues and customers to join us in creating the low-carbon economy of the future already today.”

Synthetic paraffin, which is also known as power-to-liquid fuel, is a synthetic crude oil produced from regeneratively generated electricity, water and CO2. Because of this process, PTL-based aviation fuel can be considered CO2-neutral. The electricity-based fuels are currently still in the development stage towards industrial production.

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