As part of a campaign with Lufthansa to make air freight operations more sustainable, German logistics company DB Schenker has announced that customers now have the option to choose Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for “all flights to all airports”.

Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker, explained: “We have bought large amounts of biofuel to drive the decarbonization of our industry. DB Schenker customers can now book SAF virtually on all routes to thousands of airports.”

According to DB Schenker, it bought over 11,000 tons of SAF this year. The company believes that this could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 100%.

SAF uses waste materials such as used cooking oil to fuel aircraft without the need for fossil fuels. When processed, these materials have a chemical structure similar to that of conventional fuel, making SAF an environmentally friendly alternative to replacing or supplementing kerosene.

But as Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker, noted, “Sustainability comes at a price.” Currently, SAF can be three to five times more expensive than traditional fossil fuels.

It remains to be seen whether the currently high price of the SAF will deter DB Schenker customers from choosing this alternative. With so much pressure to reduce carbon emissions in supply chains, it might just be a price companies are willing to pay.