DHL, Neste and ISCC pilot SAF reporting system

Neste, ISCC and DHL Group have completed a pilot project to report emissions reductions achieved by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The companies piloted the ISCC Credit Transfer System, which tracks and transfers SAF use and related sustainability benefits via a registry operated by ISCC.

The system provides full traceability of SAF transactions and related sustainability benefits, ensuring companies purchasing SAF and airlines using the fuel are able to credibly and transparently claim emission reductions towards their climate targets.

To develop the system, ISCC worked closely with key stakeholders and the system is designed to align closely with the requirements set by the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) aviation guidance for SAF use to address Scope 3 emissions.

The pilot involved Neste using one of its ISCC EU certified SAF deliveries to DHL Group’s airline, EAT, and registering the environmental attributes of the SAF volumes.

EAT was able to claim a reduction in its direct Scope 1 emissions and the Scope 3 credit for indirect emissions was transferred to DHL Group’s account in the registry.

As part of the GoGreen Plus service, DHL Group was able to credibly verify the emission savings achieved in the customers’ value chain Scope 3 emissions and the corresponding SAF credit was retired.

Jonathan Wood, Vice President Commercial and Technical Management from Neste’s Renewable Aviation business unit, says, “SAF is a key solution to reduce aviation related greenhouse gas emissions but it’s also critical for airlines, freight forwarders and shippers, and corporate end-customers to be able to credibly and transparently report their SAF use and related emission reductions. The new ISCC Credit Transfer System is a big step forward as it also integrates with existing sustainability certification systems.”

Dr Klaus Hufschlag, SVP Sustainability Reporting & Controlling at DHL Group says the company is using significant amounts of SAF and it is important to have a registry for transparent and reliable sustainability claims about SAF.

He says, “A registry that regulates all necessary information from fuel suppliers as well as producers and provides traceability along the value chain is key for credible transactions and builds the basis for a trustworthy book and claim mechanism.”

Following the pilot, the ISCC Credit Transfer System is ready for public consultation and will be available for companies wishing to upgrade their reports of emissions reductions.