BCG Nordics to fly sustainably on SAS and Finnair flights

04 August 2021 Consultancy.eu 2 min. read
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Flights taken by Boston Consulting Group’s employees in the Nordics on SAS and Finnair flights will be powered by sustainable aviation fuel – as part of a new agreement with Finnish renewable solutions provider Neste. 

Each year, Neste uses waste fats and vegetable oils, among other organic inputs, to produce 100,000 tonnes of so-called sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – a green alternative to fossil-based jet fuels that can cut aviation greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. 

SAF presents an immediate solution to the ballooning aviation carbon footprint – at least until electric flying has reached operational maturity. The next step is to commercialise its use, which Neste plans to do via corporate partnerships – where companies use SAF-powered flights for business trips. Nordic airlines SAS and Finnair are already on board with the initiative, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has now become the first customer.

BCG Nordics to fly sustainably on SAS and Finnair flights

The agreement is settled in volume: BCG Nordics will purchase enough SAF to cover all flights taken for business reasons by its employees, and have it delivered to SAS and Finnair based on usage across both carriers. The goal is to cut the emission footprint of the firm’s consultants on corporate travel. The agreement spans all employees of BCG’s offices in Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Oslo.

BCG Nordics partner Tuukka Seppä put the move in context. “The core value proposition of BCG is to connect our clients with the best global expertise and talent, whatever the business issue at hand might be.” 

“Next generation ways of working have opened up tremendous opportunities to accomplish this virtually. Yet, some travel will be needed going forward in order to deliver the greatest value to our clients. We are excited to boldly reduce emissions from business travel, together with Neste and the airlines Finnair and SAS.” 

He highlighted the new partnership’s value in meeting BCG’s net-zero climate impact targets by 2030 – a target that many peers and corporates have set themselves. With aviation accounting for nearly 3% of global carbon emissions, Neste’s solution is a high-impact option for businesses with net zero aims. The firm has anticipated this demand, and plans to up production to 1.5 million tonnes by 2023 end. 

“Aviation will remain important for global business, generating growth and facilitating economic recovery,” said Neste’s vice president for business development in renewable aviation Sami Jauhiainen. “This is why we need solutions which enable growth and reduce emissions at the same time. We are really pleased to partner up with a leading international consultancy firm like BCG to make this happen.”