Rotterdam - Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment became the first governmental office to join the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme. 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. As a result, the Ministry will be able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from air travel by about 50%.

As a result of low production capacity, the availability of renewable raw materials and the mandatory delivery of biofuels for road transport, there is currently no stable European production for sustainable aviation biofuel. KLM believes that medium- and long-term production of sustainable biofuel is extremely important if the airline industry is to achieve its carbon dioxide reduction goals. The Dutch government’s participation in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme emphasises this importance.

“We’re extremely pleased that the government has chosen to take part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme,” said KLM CEO Pieter Elbers. “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.”

The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme (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. Together with the partners in the CBP, KLM is stimulating the development of a market for sustainable biofuels which, in turn, will create ongoing production so that the price for biofuels drops. KLM only purchases biofuels made from raw materials that have no negative environmental impact on biodiversity or food production. The biofuels are supplied by SkyNRG. SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board in which the WWF International, Solidaridad and the Energy Academy Europe hold a seat.

ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, the City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle and the Schiphol Group are now participating in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme.