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Lufthansa CO2-neutral power-to-liquid fuel

Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo agree on exclusive partnership to promote CO2-neutral power-to-liquid fuel

  • atmosfair opens world's first plant for the production of synthetic crude oil in Emsland, Germany
  • Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo are among the first customers
  • Power-to-liquid is considered a key technology for the future of CO2-neutral aviation fuel

from left to right: Johannes Trimborn, Senior Vice President Air Logistics Germany, Kuehne+Nagel / Achim Martinka, Vice President Germany, Lufhansa Cargo / Marcel Fujike, Senior Vice President Products and Services Global Air Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel / Holger Ketz, Managing Director Germany, Kuehne+Nagel / Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO Lufthansa Cargo

Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo have agreed on an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of synthetic crude oil from NGO atmosfair based in Berlin. The logistics service providers have jointly committed to supporting the world's first production site for synthetic crude oil in Werlte, Emsland (Germany) by purchasing 25,000 litres per year for the next five years. Synthetic fuels have not yet been produced industrially, but are available only in laboratory quantities. This fuel is considered to be the fuel of the future, capable of bringing the CO2 footprint of aircraft engines to zero.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, commented: "Already now, Kuehne+Nagel customers can avoid carbon emissions of their shipments globally with our bio SAF solutions and I am delighted to see that time has come for synthetic SAF as the longterm 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."

"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," Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO Lufthansa Cargo, explained the strategic background to the partnership with Kuehne+Nagel.

With characteristics almost identical to those of conventional jet fuel, sustainable aviation fuels are an essential pillar on the way to CO2 neutral flying. There are two main types of sustainable aviation fuel bio SAF and synthetic SAF. 

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