SATS Ltd. (SATS), Asia’s leading provider of Gateway Services and Food Solutions, and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp), a trusted global integrated energy company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a suite of integrated solutions to help SATS reduce its environmental footprint across several facilities. This will bring SATS a step towards achieving its sustainability goal of 80% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030.
One of the first initiatives under the MoU will be the implementation of solar energy systems to power SATS’ onsite operations. Sembcorp, Singapore’s largest home-grown international renewable energy player, will install, own and operate rooftop solar panels with a combined capacity of approximately 7.8 megawatt-peak atop SATS Airfreight Terminals 1 to 4, both of SATS’ inflight catering centres as well as the SATS Maintenance Workshop. With this, SATS will achieve 12.4% use of renewable energy out of its total energy consumption, and this project is expected to reduce 4.1 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, equivalent to removing about 887 cars from the roads annually.
This partnership combines SATS’ scale in the aviation market and Sembcorp’s capabilities in renewables, to optimise the use of solar energy. Both parties will be piloting the use of cogeneration solar panels, a new-generation technology capable of harvesting both sunlight and heat to produce electricity and hot water. If successful, this technology will be expanded to all future SATS premises that require both resources.
As part of this partnership, SATS and Sembcorp will also explore trucking liquefied natural gas (LNG) to SATS and regasifying it to power boilers in both SATS’ inflight catering centres at Changi. LNG is a cleaner alternative to diesel and has 24% lower carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, to further reduce waste and optimise resources for SATS, Sembcorp will look to provide treatment for wastewater recycling.
Alex Hungate, President and Chief Executive Officer of SATS said, “At SATS, our sustainability goals are to enable more people to eat well and connect seamlessly across Asia, while minimising the impact these activities have on our environment. This partnership with Sembcorp allows us to explore renewable energy solutions that help us reduce our carbon footprint.” In 2016, SATS partnered Sembcorp to develop solar energy systems on the rooftop of SATS Airfreight Terminals 5 and 6 at Changi.
Neil McGregor, Group President & CEO, Sembcorp Industries, said, “SATS was an early collaborator in Sembcorp’s renewable energy development journey. We are proud to partner them again in this ongoing journey to apply green solutions to the aviation and food industries. As an integrated energy player, bringing together novel sustainable solutions to reduce resources and energy costs for our customers is core to Sembcorp’s business proposition. We hope to continue paving the way on this front.”
The signing of this MoU is not expected to have a material impact on the earnings per share and net asset value per share of Sembcorp and SATS, for the financial year ending December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020 respectively.