Royale Union Saint-Gilloise to use sustainable fuel for all international travel
Belgian football club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise is set to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for all of its international travel from now on after coming to an agreement with Brussels Airlines.
SAF is more environmentally friendly than regular fuel and can reduce CO2 emission by up to 80%.
“At Union, the aim is to not only focus on on-pitch performances,” said Royale Union Saint-Gilloise Commercial Director, Victor Pensis.
“Our club stands for connection with our local community and a constant pursuit of the most sustainable and ecological solution. We want to travel around Europe in the most efficient and eco-friendly way possible. With Brussels Airlines, we share the same sustainable philosophy and this partnership puts the ambitions of both sides into action.”
The team from Brussels is the first European football club to sign such an agreement as it looks to become an environmental advocate in the sports world. It is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and was also the first football club to introduce reusable cups.
“Our club stands for connection with our local community and a constant pursuit of the most sustainable and ecological solution."
All of the fuel will be acquired in cooperation with Brussels Airlines for every flight taken by Union.
“As a true fan of Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, I am thrilled to announce this partnership,” said Chief Operations Officer of Brussels Airlines Tilman Reinshagen.
“I am so happy that we can fly Union to their international games and even happier that we can do so thanks to the purchase of sustainable fuel. Making flying more sustainable is at the heart of what we do, every day. With Union as an ambassador, I hope many of our partners and customers will follow their lead and join us in investing in SAF.”
Royale Union Saint-Gilloise is currently playing in the UEFA Europe League this season and is in Group E with Liverpool, Toulouse, and LASK.