KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. This means that KLM will purchase sustainable biofuel for all its flights at this airport for a period of three years. The biofuel will be produced by the local biofuel refinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. Los Angeles is the world’s second airport that has incorporated biofuel into its regular refuelling process. The airport in Oslo, Norway, was first to do so in March this year. KLM was also involved in that initiative.
Sustainable biofuel is currently one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions in the airline industry. Owing partly to the companies taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, we have been able to take this step, giving a further impulse to the consistent production of biofuel.” – KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers.
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme enables businesses to ensure that sustainable biofuel is used for a portion of their air travel. Participants pay a surcharge that covers the difference in price between sustainable biofuel and regular kerosene. In so doing, they set an example and actively help to make air transport more sustainable. The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is partnered by ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, Amsterdam Municipality, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle, and the Schiphol Group.
Biofuel – how does it work?
The biofuel is pumped directly into the airport fuel reservoirs, which also hold the airport’s conventional kerosene supply. This implies it is delivered into all aircrafts that are refuelled in Los Angeles. In this way, biofuel contributes to reducing CO2 emissions from all flights taking off from Los Angeles.
Reducing CO2 emissions
Together with its partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, KLM buys sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles and can therefore assign the reduction in CO2 emissions to all KLM flights departing from this airport. These biofuel flights contribute to KLM’s ambition to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger by 2020 (compared to 2011).
Biofuel producer and supplier
SkyNRG supplies the sustainable biofuel, which is made from used cooking oil by AltAir Fuels in Los Angeles. AltAir Fuels is the first and only refinery in the world that continuously produces biofuel for aviation, making it the first that supplies biofuel to the airline industry on a commercial basis.
Maarten van Dijk, CEO SkyNRG: “We’re extremely proud that only 5 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. 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.”
Bryan Sherbacow, President AltAir Fuels: “KLM’s multi-year biofuel offtake is a real milestone for the industry and shows their commitment to making aviation more sustainable. We’re proud to supply them together with our project partner SkyNRG.”
KLM and sustainable biofuel
KLM is a pioneer in the use of sustainable biofuel and has earned the status of “best in class” in terms of fuel efficiency. In 2011, KLM operated its first commercial flight using biofuel. Since that flight to Paris, numerous KLM flights using sustainable biofuel have been operated by various KLM aircraft types.