Last Updated : 31th May 2021

IndiGo is exploring the potential of using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in aircraft and the airline has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an international SAF provider, a statement said on Friday.

However, the carrier did not reveal the name of the SAF provider.

Commercial aviation is responsible for about 2-3 per cent of the global carbon emissions.

In a report titled ‘IndiGo Green‘ released on Friday, India’s largest airline stated that it knows that the SAF is not in mass production currently. However, knowing the importance of SAF that is any fuel that has the potential to generate lower carbon emissions than conventional kerosene on a life cycle basis, IndiGo is exploring the potential of using it and is in talks with its manufacturers globally, it said.

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IndiGo said it is currently taking up the following steps to reduce its aviation turbine fuel (ATF) consumption to decreased its carbon footprint – fleet modernisation; implementing weight reduction measures on board; optimising flight routes; improving flight operations; and following fuel-efficient best practices.

However, we also understand that SAF is not in mass production,” it said.

The carrier said it aims to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emission by 18 per cent per available seat kilometer (ASK) in 2022-23 as compared to 2015-16. ASK measures passenger carrying capacity of the airline and it is calculated by multiplying the total number of seats in flights to total number of kilometres flown by them.

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