- Partnership on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to support emission reduction in air transport
- Potential to expand collaboration to include other areas of TUI’s tourism value chain such as coach and cruise travel
TUI, one of the world’s leading tourism groups, and Spanish energy company Cepsa have signed a collaboration agreement to promote the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a key tool to further reduce the carbon footprint of air transport and a priority for both companies to fight against climate change. These fuels will be produced from circular raw materials that do not compete with food resources, such as used cooking oils, non-food animal waste or biodegradable waste from various industries, and will make it possible to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional kerosene.
TUI has been working to reduce its environmental footprint for years and is on a journey to net-zero emissions travel, with the goal to be achieved by 2050 at the latest. To reach this goal and progressively stem the emissions from holiday travel, TUI will increasingly rely on new energy alternatives.
"We see the sustainable transformation not as regulation but as an opportunity for TUI and the travel industry, for destinations, for employees and customers. Sustainable tourism not only has a lower ecological footprint, but also supports change in holiday destinations – offering opportunities for local people in destinations and creating social and economic added value. Social, ecological and economic sustainability belong together. Emission-free travel is our ambitious goal. Whether the flight to the holiday destination, the cruise, the overnight stay in the hotel or experiences booked locally – together with partners as well as our own concepts and projects to reduce emissions, we are working continuously and in concrete terms towards the goal of "Net-Zero". Every business segment, whether TUI Hotels & Resorts, cruises or airlines, has goals and a clear roadmap – in addition, intermediate steps are important, we want and must achieve Net-Zero faster than 2050", says Thomas Ellerbeck, Chief Sustainability Officer and Member of the Group Executive Committee at TUI Group.
"Collaborations like the one with Cepsa support the achievement of our climate goals. We have set ourselves ambitious reduction targets for TUI Airlines, which are currently being validated by the independent Science Based Targets initiative. SAF plays a crucial role in reducing emissions in aviation and for TUI. At the same time, such cooperation’s contribute to increasing the availability of sustainable aviation fuels in the future. After all, in addition to more carbon-efficient aircraft, SAF in particular are an important lever for more sustainable travel," says Marco Ciomperlik, Chief Airline Officer of TUI Group.