IndiGo signs agreement with CSIR-IIP to make sustainable aviation fuel

IndiGo signs agreement with CSIR-IIP to make sustainable aviation fuel

IndiGo on Wednesday announced that it has signed an agreement with CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), Dehradun to become partners in leading the deployment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in India and globally.

"Under this partnership, IndiGo and CSIR-IIP will enter into specific arrangements for projects for SAF based on techno-commercial feasibility and Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) value creation," the airline said adding that it "desires to be an anchor partner to such Institutes and oil refining companies in the future to address the core issue of Carbon Emissions and take a lead in demonstrating its commitment towards sustainable and responsible growth".

IndiGo said it was the first airline in India to have launched an ESG report.

"The airline has been working tirelessly across all key aspects of ESG including reducing our carbon footprint, building a diverse and inclusive team, strengthening internal governance, and supporting the aspirations of the local communities in which we operate," it said adding that IndiGo will also be releasing its second ESG report which will be aligned with leading standards such as Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Ronojoy Dutta, Director and CEO, IndiGo said: "We have partnered with CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum to ensure that we are working towards controlling emissions and in the process building supply chains for manufacturing and deploying sustainable aviation fuel in India and globally in the foreseeable future...The Agreement also cements IndiGo’s commitment towards responsible growth, its desire to effectively manage its climate footprint in line with India’s commitment to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2070.”

Dr Anjan Ray, director CSIR-IIP said: “CSIR-IIP is committed to achieving India's goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and indigenous, globally competitive, sustainable fuel production for a wide range of transportation and industrial uses..We believe that the synergies between IndiGo and CSIR-IIP can enhance national self-reliance as well as strengthen India’s position in the global aviation sector.”