Turkish goes green

Turkish Airlines has started to use sustainable aviation fuel on some of its flights. Aviation fuel obtained from sustainable sources was used for the first time on TK1823 flight that departed from Istanbul for Paris Charles De Gaulle on 2 February. The green fuel will be used for one day a week on the chosen route, with plans to expand this further. The carrier took a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of passengers with 87% less greenhouse gas compared to fossil fuels.

Said Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board Ahmet Bolat: “We are the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world. This also means we are the airline that introduces its guests to richest biodiversity as well. We conduct our work towards achieving sustainability with that mentality and responsibility. We believe that future generations will continue to be able to discover the world and its preserved beauty with Turkish Airlines.”

The fueling process is also facilitated by Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Fuel Services (TFS). Sourced from Neste company, environmentally friendly product is stored in TFS fuel farm, and gets loaded to aircraft after it gets blended with jet fuel. Next goal of the flag carrier goes further than using sustainable fuel for its flights. Global brand is conducting "Microalgae Based Sustainable BioJet Fuel Project (MICRO-JET)" with Bogaziçi University with the support of TUBITAK. When the project is complete, first carbon negative integrated bio refinery of Turkey and Europe will start its service.

This sustainable fuel with high energy helps to decrease harmful particles of SOx and NOx emissions due to clean burn. Produced from sustainable raw materials and without any harmful heavy metals, this fuel will be used once a week as a start in Istanbul - Stockholm flights.

Turkish Airlines started over 100 operational optimisation projects since 2008 in order to lower its carbon footprint and successfully implemented them throughout the years. With these projects implemented in every stage of the trip along with ground operations, 15,363 tons of fuel was saved, and 48,394 tons of carbon dioxide were prevented from being dispersed to the atmosphere during the third quarter of 2021. During the first three quarters, total CO2 prevention was at 85,119 tons.

During 2019, the best year of global aviation prior to the pandemic, flag carrier airline saved enough soil to cover 63 football fields while saving 3,648 trees with its preventative measures in aircraft maintenance operations. Preventing machine and aircraft oil to reach natural water sources, Turkish Technic saved enough water to fill 784 olympic pools.

As for the packaging of the inflight products, global carrier opts to use starch-based material that can be easily reclaimed by nature.

During 2019 flights;

- Usage of over 176 tons of plastic was prevented by using bio packaging

- Combs and shoehorns were removed from travel kits, preventing 105 tons of plastic waste

- By distributing all travel and toy kits without exterior bags, 15 million 229,348 bags were rendered unnecessary to produce

- 145,743 kg textile waste were recycled to textile products by licensed recycling firms

- By sorting glass, plastic and paper-based waste at the source, during 2019, 5,624 kg glass (6,750 gm glass raw material saved), 67,784 kg plastic (1085 barrels of oil saved) and 252,167 kg paper (equivalent of 4,287 trees) were recycled.

Flag carrier will continue to take preventative measures to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and maintain its support for efforts to develop a sustainable aviation fuel.

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