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South African Airways retains highest level of IATA green status

South African Airways retains highest level of IATA green status

South African Airways (SAA) has become one of a very few global airlines to maintain Stage 2 status of the IATA Environmental Assessment Program (IEnvA).

IEnvA is a comprehensive airline environmental management process that measures a range of operational aspects. According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager, Australasia, the IATA program introduced sustainability standards for airlines to cover all areas of operation to help them achieve world’s best practice.


“SAA achieved Stage 2 status in January 2015 and we’re very pleased to say we have retained this highest possible level, making us one of a very few global airlines achieving this position,” Tim said.

“Key standards contributing to the status include air quality and emissions, aircraft noise, fuel consumption and efficient operations, recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable procurement, biofuels and many more. SAA was one of several airlines to participate in Stage 1of the program that started in June 2013, “ he said.

“SAA’s Stage 2 assessment was conducted in December 2016 and showed that responsible environmental management can deliver commercially beyond the clear social and environmental benefit through projects such as our tobacco biofuels venture, the introduction of fuel-efficient navigation approaches, and the on-going drive to embed a culture of environmental sustainability.”


“IEnvA is a strict assessment program based on recognised international environmental management systems such as ISO 14001. It was developed jointly by leading airlines and environmental consultants and SAA has been part of this process from its commencement,” he said. “Together with our fuel-efficient navigation approach, SAA has an internal drive to create a culture of sustainability to enable us to reduce emissions wherever we operate. Achieving this important milestone is a tangible reflection of our efforts.” Tim concluded.

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