Sustainability in the Air

November 7, 2013  By: Gretchen


We are always happy to report developments on the subject of sustainability in the travel industry. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint at home, and also in our travel practices. For travel, we work to reduce drive times whenever possible, we work with African partner companies with good environmental practices and policies and we work with our African partner companies to reduce CO2 emissions by implementing solar and wind power schemes, reduce wood burning, protect land to create carbon sinks, and more. Today’s good environmental news comes from South African Airways.

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) recently announced that they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the African continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit, attended by executives from leading U.S., African firms and government representatives from several countries. This collaboration between Boeing and SAA is part of the companies’ broader efforts to support environmental sustainability for the airline’s operations and the commercial aviation industry overall, in addition to advancing South Africa’s social and economic development.

Well done, SAA!