“These biofuel flights will help KLM reach its goal of achieving 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger by 2020 (compared to 2011).”
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines continues to be a leader in sustainable biofuels after announcing on Sept. 8 a three-year partnership with Amsterdam-based SkyNRG and Los Angeles-based AltAir Fuels. SkyNRG will supply the sustainable biofuel, made from used cooking oil by AltAir Fuels, on all of KLM’s flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Los Angeles is the world’s second airport to incorporate biofuel into its regular refueling process. Biofuel is pumped directly into the airport fuel reservoirs, which also hold the airport’s kerosene supply, meaning all aircrafts that are refueled in Los Angeles use at least a portion of biofuel in an effort to reduce CO2.
Through the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, companies pay a surcharge to cover the difference in price between sustainable biofuel and regular kerosene. Therefore, KLM buys sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles to help reduce CO2 emissions on all KLM flights departing from the airport. These biofuel flights will help KLM reach its goal of achieving 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger by 2020 (compared to 2011).
This partnership comes only five years after KLM operated its first commercial flight using biofuel in 2011 with a supply from SkyNRG. “We’re extremely proud that only five years after we supplied KLM to operate the first commercial biofuel flight worldwide, our launching customer has now signed its first long-term biofuel offtake,” says SkyNRG CEO Maarten van Dijk. “AltAir’s dedicated production capacity marks an important milestone as creating scale is crucial to take the next step in the development of the sustainable jet fuel market.”