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Welcome, new BioFuel partners!
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme we launched last year with SkyNRG recently added a number of illustrious new names to the its list of participants. Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam Municipality, PGGM, CBRE, FMO, Siemens and TomTom have all committed to the programme and, in so doing, to making air transport more sustainable. Welcome!
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is one of the innovations brought forth by our partnership with WWF-Netherlands. In our agreement with them, we pledged to operate 1% of all KLM flight on sustainable biofuel by the year 2015. Sustainable biofuel is a so-called “second generation biofuel”, such a used cooking oil, which has no impact on food production and the environment.
A long way to go
We are well on track, but we still have a long way to go before biofuel can be produced on a large scale at economically competitive prices, compared to fossil fuel. Despite these challenges, we believe in the future of sustainable biofuel. To achieve the above goal, further research and innovation is required, but also an impetus in the market. That is why our partnership with SkyNRG, the supplier of our biofuel, is so important, as is the involvement of industry partners, government and businesses.
How does the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme work?
Participants pay a surcharge compensating for the price difference between biofuel and traditional kerosene. The investment is used to purchase biofuel, which is then added to the fuel system at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. As is the case with green energy, the biofuel is distributed across the entire network, which means other airlines also get a mixture. That means the efforts of KLM and its partners not only help to reduce their own ecological footprint, but benefit air transport as a whole.
Climate change is an issue that affects us all. Our earliest corporate partners – Ahold, Heineken, Accenture, DSM, Philips, Nike and Schiphol Group – are also aware of this. We are proud that all of the above mentioned corporations share our vision. In so doing, they reaffirm their leadership and take responsibility for making air transport more sustainable. We hope other organizations will follow their example.
For more information about the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, please contact:
Stijn van de Laar, Sales Manager – Business Market, KLM Netherlands
E-mail : Stijn-van-de.Laar@KLM.com