“Sustainable biofuel makes a structural contribution to increasing the sustainability of the airline industry. KLM is committed to this aim, but cannot do it alone. It is therefore fantastic that more and more Dutch companies, like Air Traffic Control the Netherlands, are signing up to our Corporate Biofuel Programme. Together we can make a difference.”
Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO
“As air traffic control organization, we ensure the safety of air traffic in the Netherlands. Our employees also travel regularly outside the Netherlands to meet with our international partners. Air Traffic Control the Netherlands is delighted to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of the aviation sector by compensating for 100% of the CO2 emitted by our business flights with KLM. This is a great example of how we jointly facilitate aviation, in a sustainable way.”
Michiel van Dorst, CEO Air Traffic Control the Netherlands
Cutting CO2 emissions
KLM wants to cut its CO2 emissions 20% by 2020 (compared to 2011). To achieve this, KLM has been investing not only in sustainable biofuels, but also in new aircraft and more efficient flight operations. Using sustainable biofuels on a large scale can lead to an 80% cut in CO2 emissions, compared with fossil fuels. However, the price is still two or three times higher than that of regular kerosene. This is why there is a global need for technological developments and more research into sustainable raw materials, because the production and market for biofuels is still limited.
KLM has been actively working to develop a market for biofuels since 2011 and has tried to encourage other airlines to follow our example. Other partners in the Corporate BioFuel Programme are: Delft University of Technology, ABN AMRO, Accenture, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Loyens & Loeff, Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, PGGM, and the Schiphol Group.
No negative impact on biodiversity
KLM only buys biofuels that have been produced from raw materials that do not have a negative impact on biodiversity and/or food production. This sustainable fuel is sourced through SkyNRG and is assessed by the SkyNRG Sustainability Board, whose members include WWF International, the European Climate Foundation, Solidaridad Network and University of Groningen. SkyNRG is certified by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).