According to eTurboNews, South African Airways has become one of only two global airlines to achieve Stage 2 status within the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA). IEnvA is a comprehensive airline environmental management process that measures a range of operational aspects.
According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager, Australasia, the IATA programme introduced sustainability standards for airlines to cover all areas of operation to help them achieve world’s best practice.
“These key standards include air quality and emissions, aircraft noise, fuel consumption and efficient operations, recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable procurement, biofuels and many more,” he said.
To further cement its commitment to greener operations, the airline launched the first African biofuels project – the transformation of tobacco oil to jet fuel – with sector role players last year.