American Express Global Business Travel has announced the first client to join its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) pilot program.
Professional service firm Aon has become the first Amex GBT customer to pledge to join Avelia “Book-and-Claims” solution to buy SAF, which was launched last week in partnership with energy giant Shell and Accenture.
Avelia’s goal is to give airlines access to the “purchasing power” of corporate customers by sharing SAF’s costs and benefits across business travel, willing to share the higher cost of buying SAF compared to traditional jet fuel.
Avelia was announced to be the first client to join the Business Travel Show Europe in London today.
James Platt, Aon’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We believe we have the opportunity to chart a better path for both the firm and society to be more resilient and sustainable.
“As we help our clients make better decisions when navigating instability and risk in managing climate change, we are also taking bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are proud to be the first to join this initiative to pilot a solution for SAF that will help Aon and others meet their emissions reduction goals and sustainability commitments.”
The Avelia pilot program is designed to “tap in” to TMC’s global client base to encourage “collective global demand” for SAF and further fuel production, which can reduce emissions by up to 80 percent.
Paul Abbott, CEO of Amex GBT, added: “This pilot is an important milestone in our journey toward a Net-Zero World by 2050. If more businesses and organizations like Aon join this SAF pilot program, market signals will be stronger, SAF will be more expensive. – Competitive with conventional jet fuel. “
TMC is also adding a new “virtual” assistant to the Amex GBT app, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize users, answer common requests and gather information before transferring travelers to a human consultant.