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Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment joins KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has become the first governmental office to join the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme (CBP). The CBP enables companies to partly fly on sustainable biofuel. Participants pay a fee to bridge the price difference between traditional fossil fuel and sustainable biofuel. KLM uses that fee to purchase sustainable biofuel.

(Left to right) Pieter Elbers, President & CEO KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Sharon Dijksma, State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (photo courtesy SkyNRG).

(Left to right) Pieter Elbers, President and CEO, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; Sharon Dijksma, State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (photo courtesy SkyNRG).

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has become the first governmental office to join the Corporate BioFuel Programme of the national air carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Sharon Dijksma announced this at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam. By participating in the programme, the Ministry enables its employees to travel on flights using sustainable biofuel whenever possible.

– We’re extremely pleased that the 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, said Pieter Elbers, President and CEO, KLM.

The CBP enables companies to fly in part on sustainable biofuel. Participants pay a fee to bridge the price difference between traditional fossil fuel and sustainable biofuel. The fee is used by the airline to purchase sustainable biofuel, which are supplied by Amsterdam-headed SkyNRG. The purpose of the CBP is to stimulate the development of a market for sustainable biofuels which, in turn, will create ongoing production so that the price for biofuels drops.

SkyNRG sources, blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and has its operations Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certified to guarantee sustainability throughout the supply chain. It also helps to co-fund the premium and works on developing regional SAF supply chains around the world.

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