Google Joins SAF Program - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 16, 2023

Google Joins SAF Program

Google joined the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) program operated by American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), a B2B travel platform, and Shell Aviation.

Google’s goal is to reach net zero across all of its operations and value chain by 2030.

“The use of SAF will play a critical role in helping the aviation sector on its path to decarbonize,” said Michael Terrell, Sr., Director of Climate and Energy for Google, in a statement. “Joining Amex GBT’s sustainable aviation fuel program further represents Google’s continued efforts to accelerate the global transition to a carbon-free future.”

Amex GBT and Shell Aviation’s SAF program includes major corporations such as Aon, Bank of America, Delta, Cathay Pacific, JetBlue and Japan Airlines. The program launched in 2022 with 1 million gallons of SAF available for corporate customers.

Air travel currently accounts for about 90% of business travel emissions , and SAF can reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by as much as 80% when compared to traditional fossil-based fuels.

The program is powered by Avelia, a blockchain-powered digital book-and-claim solution for business travel that allows companies to report verified lifecycle emissions reductions from SAF.

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