Singapore Airlines

Environmental Efforts

When it comes to carbon-neutrality, we’re not sitting on the fence.

Every day, more than 200 of our planes take to the sky. We’re determined to reduce our emissions, and be a company that can continue to develop without devaluing the environment.

We’ve joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its commitment to reducing the industry’s emissions in three stages – a 1.5% improvement in fuel efficiency each year from 2009 to 2020; carbon-neutral growth from 2020; and 50% absolute reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

We support IATA’s Four-Pillar Strategy to address climate change, comprising technological, operational, infrastructural, and economic measures. This includes revolutionary aircraft designs, more efficient flight procedures and air traffic management, weight reduction efforts, as well as market-based measures to prevent uncoordinated policies.

Fuel productivity

We’re at the forefront of fuel efficiency – with our fleet renewal policy, improvements in flight operation procedures that minimise fuel use without compromising on safety, and participation in route planning and restructuring at international levels.

Other initiatives include airframe and engine performance improvement packages, usage of lightweight crockery and cargo containers, reduction of operational items and more frequent use of mobile ground power units and pre-conditioned air units to reduce the operation of on-board auxiliary power units.

The Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) programme

Since 15 September 2012, the ASPIRE programme has included flights to and from the Oceania region. Selected Singapore Airlines flights to and from Singapore and Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch operate daily under the ASPIRE programme – reducing fuel burn and emissions, shortening flight times and contributing to savings of about SGD1 million a year.

Sustainable fuel

In September 2011, we became part of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG). It focuses on developing lower-carbon, renewable aviation fuels from environmentally and socially sustainable sources.

In the long run, we hope that biofuels can also be used to power our planes.

Eco-efficiency from the ground up

Energy and resource conservation is at the heart of everything we do. From the green workplace building designs to the electronic ticketing service across our network, we’re always looking to reduce both cost and our carbon footprint.

We often order new aircraft even before they’re built. This way, we get to maintain one of the youngest and most innovative fleets in the sky. While also supporting our manufacturers as they work on building planes and creating technology that’s good for the planet.

We were the first to fly the Airbus A380, one of the world’s most eco-efficient aircraft. We have also placed firm orders for the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10, which are made from lightweight carbon composites.

Saving the Harapan Rainforest

Harapan Rainforest is one of few remaining lowland forests in Indonesia. It’s home to more than 300 species of birds and mammals, including the critically endangered Sumatran tiger and Malayan tapir. Yet it’s vulnerable to illegal logging, and could even be levelled to make way for oil palm or timber plantations.

Fortunately, the Indonesian government has awarded a 100-year licence to a group of organisations to protect this 100,000-hectare rainforest and the species that live in it. And create jobs and social development activities for the indigenous Bathin Sembilan community.

We’re delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for this conservation project. In addition to our USD3 million donation, we’re committed for the long-term and to exploring opportunities for our staff and customers to get involved.

Learn more about the Harapan Forest Initiative