In September KLM will launch more than 200
flights between Amsterdam and Paris that will be operated on
biokerosene made from used cooking oil.
The fuel is produced by Dynamic Fuels and
supplied by SkyNRG, the consortium launched by KLM and North Sea
Group and Spring Associates in 2009. SkyNRG is actively developing
a sustainable production chain for aviation biofuels. The
sustainability of alternative kerosene depends on many factors and
is assessed on a case-by-case basis. In order to be able in future
to reach the right decisions in this area, SkyNRG is advised by an
independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of
the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Solidaridad, and the
Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht. A positive
recommendation from the Sustainability Board carries a lot of
weight for KLM.
"KLM has once again shown it is stimulating the
development of biokerosene," said managing director Camiel
Eurlings. "In November 2009 we demonstrated that it was
technically possible to fly on biokerosene. Now, a year and a half
after our first demonstration flight on Camelina, a new phase has
been entered around the world, that of certification.
Authorisation will soon be granted to operate commercial flights
on biofuel. I am especially proud to announce that KLM will take
this substantial step in September."
KLM also supports the view published in the
WWF's Energy Report which indicates that alternative fuels made
from biomass are the only appropriate replacement for fossil fuels
for such sectors as the airline industry.
Eurlings said, "The route to
100% sustainable energy is enormously challenging. The costs of
biofuels need to come down substantially and permanently. This can
be achieved through innovation, collaboration and the right
legislation that stimulates biofuel in the airline industry, but
with an eye on honest competition. We really need to move forward
together to attain continuous access to sustainable fuel."
The Paris Air Show is being held this week at Le
Bourget near the French capital, Paris.
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