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KLM Corporate BioFuel ProgrammeInvolving business partners to reduce CO2 emissions
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme focuses on large companies who are interested in reducing the carbon footprint resulting from their business air travel. In this way, they set an example and demonstrate their leadership in sustainability. Through the programme, participants pay a surcharge to match the price difference between biofuel and traditional jet fuel. KLM then uses the contribution to purchase sustainable biofuel, which is currently about three times as expensive as fossil-based kerosene.
Thanks to the Corporate BioFuel Programme, all KLM flights from Los Angeles are currently fuelled in part by sustainable biofuel. KLM has been able to sign a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. The biofuel is produced by AltAir Fuels in Los Angeles and supplied by SkyNRG. AltAir Fuels is the first and only refinery in the world that continuously produces biofuel for aviation on a commercial basis.
Los Angeles is the second airport in the world to incorporate biofuel into its regular refuelling process. The first to do so was the airport in Oslo, Norway, in March 2016. KLM was also involved in that initiative. Since 2011 – when KLM operated the first commercial flight ever using biofuel – numerous flights have followed, showing that biofuel is a viable option in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Unlike other transport sectors, civil aviation has no other alternative, such as solar power or electricity, and will have to use liquid fuels for the foreseeable future. Sustainable biofuel has the potential to reduce up to 80% of CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuel when used on a large scale. KLM only uses feedstock, which has no negative impact on biodiversity or food production. Owing to the immature market for biofuels, KLM created the Corporate Biofuel Programme with SkyNRG in 2012 to stimulate the market for sustainable bio-based jet fuel.
We’re extremely pleased that the Dutch government has chosen to take part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme. We hope that the Ministry’s participation in the programme sends a signal to other parties that the use of biofuel truly does contribute to added sustainability in the airline industry. That might well help to get biofuel production for civil aviation off the ground in the Netherlands”. (Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO)
Through the Corporate BioFuel Programme KLM has been able to create a pull in the market of sustainable biofuel. In 2013 the price of biofuel was six times higher than fossil kerosene, currently it is about three times the price. Since the worlds’ first commercial flight with sustainable bioufel in 2011, KLM has made several flight and flight series with different aircraft type, proving that biofuel is a viable option in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.More info about project ›
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SkyNRG and partners ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, Gemeente Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle en Schiphol Group
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January 2012 End date
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