Closed-loop waste management solution in collaboration with Singapore Airlines

SATS has a vital role to play in encouraging the adoption
of more sustainable practices across the industry and supply chain.

As Asia’s leading food solutions and gateway services provider, SATS has a vital role to play in encouraging the adoption of more sustainable practices across the industry and supply chain.

Through responsible product stewardship and the incorporation of circular economy principles into our operations, we strive to grow our business sustainably, reducing our impact on the climate and environment. In addition, we build and nurture collaborative relationships with our partners, suppliers and customers, tapping on their insights and support as we collectively strive for greater sustainability. For example, we work with our customers to improve demand planning, reduce waste, and promote sustainable food packaging.

On 1 December 2020, we introduced a new range of environmentally friendly food packaging named Doodle as part of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) newly launched tableware series on selected short-haul flights.


The case study of SATS waste management solution

Aviation meals must be carefully prepared to withstand unique conditions such as air pressure, transportation and long wait times while maintaining quality, freshness and taste. Tapping on our culinary expertise and knowledge of food and packaging technology, SATS collaborates with SIA to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that not only reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and improve waste management but also provide travellers with tastier meals and a more satisfying travel experience.

By adapting inflight service styles and using natural materials that are compatible with digesters, the launch of new tableware on SIA’s flights represents a collective effort in the journey to reduce waste and drive more sustainable production and consumption on a larger scale.

The packaging solution that we developed in collaboration with Singapore Airlines replaces plastic casserole service ware, single-use plastic cups and polybags, which helps to reduce single-use plastics on meal trays by 80% by weight.

By converting waste to energy, in the form of refuse-derived fuel (RDF), the onsite biodigesters at SATS can cut down the volume of waste requiring haulage by as much as 60%.

In addition to reducing the amount of waste we generate, implementing an efficient and effective waste management system is just as important. The RDF generated from the biodigester can be used as a fuel additive to power incinerators. Since December 2020, we have converted a monthly average of 6 tonnes of waste in this manner, producing around 4 tonnes of RDF. We are working with local waste management solutions providers to convert RDF to energy.