Seven large corporations have joined a programme to help co-fund the development of sustainable jet fuel with Dutch airline KLM, a critical development that will help push this programme to other airlines.
The seven -- Accenture, Nike, Ahold, Heineken, DSM, Philips and Schiphol Group – will operate part of their staff travel on biofuel under the programme operated by SkyNRG, an Amsterdam-based global market maker in sustainable jet fuel. KLM is the first airline to develop a biofuel programme for corporate accounts with SkyNRG.
KLM’s Boeing 777-200 departed from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 sustainable development conference after the programme launch. It was the longest-ever biofuel flight. Passengers included the Dutch State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma. The aircraft partly flew on sustainable fuel made from used cooking oil.
The airline’s managing director Camiel Eurlings says using sustainable BioFuel is one of the most important ways to make aviation more sustainable. “We can only achieve this with partners who dare to stick their necks out.”
The Dutch government is pleased with this milestone and plans to ensure that its officials will travel as much as possible on biofuel flights, including the government’s own aircraft.
SkyNRG has spent two years on research and development to create a one-stop shop for airlines integrating the complete supply chain for sustainable jet fuels. From feedstock-to-flight, the supply chain covers elements such as strict selection of sustainable feedstock, refining contracts, distribution to any airport in the world, quality assurance, in to plane fuel service, insurance, marketing and project (co) funding with airports and end customers.
(Sources: SkyNRG & KLM)
For further information, please go to: www.skynrg.com, www.klm.com
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