Even as the Climate Summit COP27 gets underway in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, Turkish Airlines has been awarded the Airline Sustainability Innovation of the Year by CAPA (Centre for Aviation) for its contribution in developing the world’s first carbon negative Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) using hydro-processed fatty acids and hydrothermal liquefaction methods. The airline’s Microalgae Based Sustainable Bio-Jet Fuel Project worked with scientists at Boğaziçi University to produce the world’s first carbon negative sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
“As the airline that flies to more countries than any other carrier in the world, we appreciate the sustainable aviation fuel as a key element in our sustainability strategy on reducing aviation’s environmental impact,” said Turkish’s Chief Investment & Technology Officer, Levent Konukcu at the award ceremony.
He added: “Beyond the use of biofuels, the fact that our support to scientific studies in the production of this fuel is crowned with an award here today makes us proud as it proves the correctness of the steps we have taken. As the Turkish Airlines family, we will continue to invest and support sustainable aviation fuels and focus on the future of our world.”
Turkish Airlines plans to use this biofuel in its flights after the engine tests to be carried out by Turkish Technic making it one of the few global companies to do so. Said Konukcu: “Being one of the signatories of the SAF Declaration, prove how much we focus on sustainable aviation fuels in the fight against climate change.”