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Multiple stakeholders partner up in Swedish aviation biofuel feasibility study

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has added Växjö Airport (VXO) in Sweden to its daily flight route and to make flights to Växjö as sustainable as possible, KLM is investing in 120 000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel per year for the new Swedish destination. KLM guarantees that it will purchase 5 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), based on all flights to and from Växjö and has signed a Letter of Intent with regional stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of producing SAF in the region.

All cross-checked and secured – as of May 14, KLM flies daily to Växjö Småland Airport (VXO) and commits to buying 5 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), based on all flights to and from VXO (photo courtesy SkyNRG).

Together with key partners in the region, such as Södra, Sweden’s largest cooperative of forest owners, Växjö Småland Airport (VXO) and The City of Växjö, KLM and SkyNRG will conduct a feasibility study for local production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

In addition to exploring the technical possibilities, the partners will also asses the financial and commercial availability of an industrial scale production process and secure commitments for long-term supply agreements. The need for building out production capacity is very high as, according to SkyNRG, there’s only one supplier of SAF and that company is located in the United States (US).

KLM is involved intensively in flying as environmentally friendly as possible, for instance, by investing in sustainable biojet fuel. I am pleased that KLM and Växjö Småland Airport are compensating jointly for the total CO2 emissions of flights to and from Växjö. This makes Växjö – our most sustainable destination – a valuable addition to the KLM network. It is one more step towards making aviation more sustainable, in which cooperation with local partners is crucial. Support from other companies, governments, and other airlines is necessary if we are to make aviation truly sustainable, said Pieter Elbers, President, and CEO of KLM.

Södra also joined the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, a programme gives organizations the opportunity to fly on sustainable aviation fuel and reduce their business travel footprint. By expanding the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme in Sweden, local companies will now also be able to invest in sustainable aviation fuel.

We applaud KLM for opening Växjö as its most sustainable destination and for continuously showing leadership by investing in sustainable aviation fuel. Sweden is a key region for SkyNRG and by investigating the opportunities for sustainable aviation fuel production in the Växjö region, we can contribute to the government’s ambitions for a fossil-free Sweden, said Theye Veen, Chief Financial Officer at SkyNRG.

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