KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). The biojet fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil (UCO) and will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 80 percent compared to fossil kerosene.
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According to KLM, this purchase is the next step in the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as it is the first time the biojet fuel will be supplied using the existing infrastructure at Schiphol.
The volume from Neste is additional to the existing supply from Los Angeles, California to bridge the period towards the opening of the SAF production plant which is to be built in Delfzijl, the Netherlands in 2022.
This plant which is being developed with the support of KLM along with industry partners will supply 75 000 tonnes of SAF a year to KLM.
Using sustainable aviation fuel is currently one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions in the airline industry. Owing largely to the companies taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, we have been able to make this purchase, giving a further impulse to the consistent production of SAF, said KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers.
A sustainable first at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
The quantity of SAF will be blended with fossil fuel and is entirely certified according to the conventional specification for aviation fuel (ASTM), meeting the same quality and safety requirements.
The blend will be supplied to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and is being treated completely as a drop-in fuel using the existing conventional fuel infrastructure, pipeline, and storage and hydrant system.
In this way, sustainable aviation fuel contributes to reducing CO2 emissions from flights taking off from Amsterdam through CO2 footprint reductions in the supply chain.
We are proud to support KLM in reaching its ambitious emission reduction targets with our sustainable aviation fuel. We will continue to contribute to a more sustainable future by collaborating with the forerunners in aviation and offering our customers growing volumes of renewable jet fuel. Also, I am happy to announce that we have joined KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Program, through which we are able to decrease our own air travel CO2 emissions, said Peter Vanacker, President, and CEO of Neste.
By joining KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme, Neste will reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its own business travel on KLM flights by 100 percent. The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme enables companies and organisations to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel is used for all or a portion of their air travel.
Participants pay a surcharge that covers the difference in price between sustainable aviation fuel and regular kerosene. In so doing, they set an example and actively contribute to making air transport more sustainable.
KLM only sources sustainable aviation fuels based on waste and residue feedstocks that significantly reduce the CO2 footprint and do not have a negative impact on food production or the environment.
The sustainability of the chain is ensured through certification by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC+) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).
In 2019, the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is partnered by ABN AMRO, Accenture, Arcadis BV, Arcadis NV, Amsterdam Municipality, Loyens & Loeff, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), Microsoft, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Neste, the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), PGGM, Schiphol Group, SHV Energy, Södra and TU Delft.