GKN Aerospace in Malaysia signs SAF deal with DHL Express

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SAF deal with DHL Express
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Singapore SA2024GKN Aerospace in Malaysia has signed an agreement with DHL Express to enable the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through DHL’s GoGreen Plus service. The partnership is set to cut the carbon emissions of international shipments by 30 percent for GKN Aerospace’s engine repair facility in Johor.

Launched this year, DHL Express’s GoGreen Plus allows customers to effectively mitigate the environmental footprint of their supply chains through carbon insetting. The amount of SAF chosen is then blended with conventional jet fuel at the point of air transport to lower the release of CO2e and other greenhouse gases. SAF is currently the only scalable measure, given its unparalleled capacity for long-range flights.

The announcement supports the delivery of Scope 3 reductions in line with GKN Aerospace’s commitment to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

“It is GKN Aerospace’s mission to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky,” said Derrick Cullen, Chief Manufacturing Engineer at GKN Aerospace. “The adoption of SAF for our logistics needs in Malaysia represents a step in the right direction for sustainable aviation. Through DHL Express’s GoGreen Plus, we can demonstrate the viability of alternative fuel solutions and further encourage the market to scale.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with GKN Aerospace in Malaysia as we seek to decarbonize carbon-intensive sectors like aviation,” said Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei. “SAF aptly addresses this challenge and it produces climate benefits in the immediate near term. As the world’s leading logistics provider, we are working at pace to promote SAF accessibility and affordability to help our customers realise their net-zero ambitions.”

GKN Aerospace’s Johor facility is a key resource for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft engine parts in Asia Pacific. According to Aviation Week’s 2023 Commercial Fleet and MRO Press release

GoGreen Plus is made possible following two of the largest SAF deals with bp and Neste in 2022 to supply over 800 million liters to the DHL Express network. The strategic collaborations are expected to save approximately two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the aviation fuel lifecycle—equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 400,000 passenger cars.

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