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Pieter Elbers, KLM president and CEO, announcing the new facility (photo: KLM)

KLM commits to sustainable aviation fuel

KLM has announced a commitment with partners to produce and purchase sustainable aviation fuel manufactured at a new plant in Europe.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has said it is committed to the development and purchase of 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel a year for at least a decade, claiming it is the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel on this scale.

SkyNRG, a global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will develop the first dedicated plant in Europe for the production of SAF in Delfzijl.

The production facility will specialise in producing SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using regional waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil from regional industries. The investors say the plant will be the first of its kind in the world.

The airline asserts that the construction of this facility, which is scheduled to open in 2022, is a concrete step towards KLM’s avowed sustainability ambitions and contributing to the broader industry plan Smart and Sustainable.

SHV Energy, a global leader in LPG distribution, will also invest in the facility, as will Schiphol airport, and will purchase the bioLPG produced.

85% less CO2
The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen, which is produced using water and wind energy, and KLM says that this sustainable aviation fuel delivers a CO2 reduction of at least 85%, compared to fossil fuel.

The use of SAF should also contribute to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulphur emissions.

SkyNRG’s independent ‘sustainability board’ advises on whether the fuel meets the highest sustainability standards, ensuring that the fuel will not have a negative impact on the food supply and environment. There will be no use of food crops, such as soy oil or palm oil (or byproducts such as PFAD and POME), for production.

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