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Italian coffee major Lavazza to join KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme

Italy-headed coffee producer Luigi Lavazza S.p.A. (Lavazza) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines signed an agreement that will make the coffee company the first Italian partner in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme. The programme contributes actively to making the airline industry more sustainable by stimulating the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a large scale. SAF has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by up to 85 percent compared to fossil fuels.

On February 5, 2020, Lavazza and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines signed an agreement that will make the coffee company the first Italian partner in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme. Mario Cerutti (left), Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer Lavazza and Barry ter Voert, SVP Europe Air France-KLM (photo courtesy KLM).

Announced on February 5, 2020, the cooperation between KLM and Lavazza “fits perfectly” with KLM’s Fly Responsibly initiative as KLM takes the lead in achieving a more sustainable future for civil aviation. The airline is doing this by making its products and processes even more sustainable, now and in the future.

However, KLM notes that “real progress” will only be possible if the entire industry works together. As part of Fly Responsibly, KLM is inviting passengers to take part in its CO2ZERO compensation programme, and asking companies to make their business trips more sustainable by participating in the Corporate BioFuel Programme.

KLM believes that the production of sustainable aviation fuels on the medium and long term is important in achieving carbon reduction targets in the aviation sector. By partnering with companies such as Lavazza, we can achieve our aims much faster. KLM is not alone in its desire to make its operations more sustainable. Many companies in a variety of sectors think the same way. We are happy to enter into partnerships with companies to stimulate the availability of sustainable aviation fuel on a large scale as it makes the price more economically competitive with that of fossil kerosene. In this way, KLM aims to send a strong signal to all airlines to do more to promote sustainable aviation and greatly reduce our joint environmental footprint said Barry ter Voert, SVP Europe at Air France KLM Group.

Sustainability objectives Lavazza

Lavazza is the first Italian company to support KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme. The multinational has decided to marry a concrete collaboration with the major organizations that aim to make a system towards sustainability objectives, by signing the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and joining the United Nations Global Compact.

For Lavazza, the goal is to implement sustainability along the entire value chain and this agreement fits perfectly into the responsible development path that we have been pursuing for some time. Participating in the KLM BioFuel Programme shows that today it is not enough to act alone, but an organic effort is needed between all the players on the market, in a transversal way with respect to the sectors: it is up to the leading companies to take the first step, said Mario Cerutti, Chief Institutional Relations & Sustainability Officer at Lavazza.

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