Turkish Airlines Bags the “Airline Sustainability Innovation of the Year” Award by CAPA

Published on: 07 November 2022
by KnowESG
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Turkish Airlines, which is making waves in the national and international arenas with its sustainability-focused activities and awards, was granted the "Airline Sustainability Innovation of the Year" award by the CAPA - Centre for Aviation for its creative efforts in the field of sustainability.

The global carrier, which prioritises sustainability in its business model, won this award in the category of sustainable innovation for its "Microalgae Based Sustainable Bio-Jet Fuel Project (MICRO-JET)," in which it collaborated with scientists to develop the world's first carbon-negative sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The aim of the "Microalgae Based Sustainable Bio-Jet Fuel Project (MICRO-JET)," which is being carried out in collaboration with Boaziçi University, is to produce biofuels from microalgae using hydro-processed fatty acids and hydrothermal liquefaction methods.

Turkish Airlines, Chief Investment & Technology Officer, Levent Konukcu, said:

‘’As the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, we appreciate sustainable aviation fuel as a key element in our sustainability strategy for reducing aviation's environmental impact.

"In addition to the regular use of sustainable aviation fuel in our flights, our R&D support to the Microalgae Based Sustainable Bio-Jet (MICRO-JET) Project, which we carry out with Boğaziçi University for the production of biofuel, and finally, being one of the signatories of the SAF Declaration, prove how much we focus on sustainable aviation fuels in the fight against climate change.

"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 intends to use this biofuel, which will be derived from sustainable sources and contribute to nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in its flights following engine testing by Turkish Technic. When the national flag carrier uses this fuel, it will be one of the few companies around the world that can use the cleanest type of biofuel.

Source: Turkish Airlines

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