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GOOGLE Joins One of the World’s Largest SAF Programmes

GOOGLE Joins One of the World’s Largest SAF Programmes


American Express Global Business Travel and Shell Aviation has announced that Google has joined its SAF programme, which is one of the largest sustainable aviation fuel programmes in the world.

Google is partnering with Amex GBT and Shell Aviation to reach its goal of achieving net zero across all its operations and value chains by 2030. This in turn will be contributing to global climate solutions. 

This programme was launched in 2022 with 1 million gallons of SAF available for corporate customers which was enough to power almost 15,000 business trips between London and New York, “demonstrates how the private sector can drive systemic change and help finance aviation’s transition to net zero”. 

The programme has brought global giants together including Google, Aon, Bank of America, Delta, Cathay Pacific, JetBlue and Japan Airlines. 

Michael Terrell, the senior director of climate and energy of Google, said, "The use of SAF will play a critical role in helping the aviation sector on its path to decarbonise. 

“Joining Amex GBT’s sustainable aviation fuel program further represents Google's continued efforts to accelerate the global transition to a carbon-free future." 

Andrew Crawley, president of American Express Global Business Travel, said, “Business travel is a crucial passenger segment for aviation, accounting for around 15% of air travel globally and generating around 40% of revenues.

“To have Google join our growing SAF program demonstrates how corporate collaboration can accelerate aviation’s transition to net zero and enable more sustainable travel.” 

Jan Toschka, the president of Shell Aviation, said: “Considering Google’s stature and prominence this announcement represents an important milestone for decarbonising aviation. 

“As scaling the uptake of SAF will only be possible if all parts of the aviation value chain work together, we’re thrilled to work with such an influential and forward-thinking company.”

This immaculate SAF programme which is among the biggest and most notable ones yet by American Express GBT and Shell Aviation is powered by Avelia. It is also one of the world’s first blockchain-powered digital SAF book-and-claim solutions which provides clear and transparent tracking of the environmental attributes of SAF for business travel. 

Toschka added: “It’s great that through the Avelia program Shell Aviation will supply SAF to support Google in cutting emissions from its corporate flying.”


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