IndiGo Joins World Economic Forum's 'Clear Skies for Tomorrow' Sustainability Campaign
IndiGo, India's leading carrier, has joined the World Economic Forum's Clear Skies for Tomorrow, India Coalition initiative. IndiGo's dedication to deploying sustainable projects would aid in establishing a significant scale for SAF to achieve critical mass and cost-efficiency for wider adoption in India.
IndiGo has been focusing on sustainability for a few years and released its first ESG report, IndiGo Green, in 2021. Under the IndiGo Green programme, IndiGo operated its brand new A320 NEO trip from Toulouse, France to New Delhi on February 18, 2022, using a 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director, IndiGo, said:
“We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Clear Skies for Tomorrow, India Coalition campaign in-line with our commitment towards sustainable operations. Accepting this call to action is critical to reducing the impact of operations on the environment and providing a better future for generations to come. We also believe it is important for us to contribute back to the community we serve and provide our signature on-time, courteous, and hassle-free service at affordable fares onboard our lean and clean flying machines.”
Lauren Uppink Calderwood, Head of Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries, said:
“Sustainable Aviation Fuels are one of the key technologies available to government and industry in decarbonizing aviation. But development and production are currently limited due to high capital costs and its reliance on technology that is yet to be proven at scale. Still, we are encouraged by the progress made by industry commitments, including IndiGo's commitment to sustainable flying. Together, we can build pathways and solutions in our commitment to net zero in aviation.”
Clean Skies for Tomorrow, which was launched in January 2019, provides an important mechanism for top executives and public leaders from across the aviation value chain to align on a transition to sustainable aviation fuels as part of a meaningful and proactive pathway for the industry to achieve carbon-neutral flying.
Their goal is to achieve commercially feasible SAF production (both bio and synthetic) at scale by 2030, to support aviation's overall net-zero pathway by 2050. This is a global call to governments and industry leaders to provide comprehensive policy frameworks, targeted investments, and fiscal support to expedite the supply and usage of SAF technology to reach 10% of the global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030.
In 2019, the project grew from eight founding members to a global coalition of more than 80. Clean Skies for Tomorrow is divided into five workstreams, each with its own dedicated sub-workstream.
The World Economic Forum and a combined secretariat of the Forum and Energy Transitions Commission, Rocky Mountain Institute, and McKinsey & Company continue to lead CST.
The workstreams of CST enable the worldwide co-design, piloting, and scaling of regulatory, financial, and market-based mechanisms for accelerating the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels as part of the sector's global net-zero energy transition.