KLM orders additional sustainable aviation fuel from Neste

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Dutch airline KLM has recently purchased additional sustainable aviation fuel from (SAF) from renewable fuel producer Neste for flights operating out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

This is the first time SAF will be supplied at Schiphol Airport using the airport’s existing infrastructure, and will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 80%, compared to fossil kerosene.

Neste will also join KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme, reducing the CO2 emissions from its own business travel on KLM flights by 100%. The programme enables companies to ensure that SAF is used for all or some of their air travel.

“Using sustainable aviation fuel is currently one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions in the airline industry,” commented Pieter Elbers, president and CEO of KLM. “Owing largely to the companies taking part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, we have been able to make this purchase, giving a further impulse to the consistent production of SAF.”

“We are proud to support KLM in reaching its ambitious emission reduction targets with our sustainable aviation fuel,” added Peter Vanacker, president and CEO of Neste. “We will continue to contribute to a more sustainable future by collaborating with the forerunners in aviation and offering our customers growing volumes of renewable jet fuel. Also, I am happy to announce that we have joined KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme, through which we are able to decrease our own air travel CO2 emissions.”

The purchased SAF will be blended with fossil fuel and is certified according to ASTM standards. The blend will be supplied to Schiphol Airport as a drop-in fuel replacement, using conventional fuel infrastructure, pipelines and storage and hydrant systems.

This volume is in addition to the existing supply from Los Angeles in the US, and will help to bridge the gap in demand before the opening of SkyNRG’s SAF production plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands in 2022.

The plant, which is being developed with support from KLM and other industry partners, will supply 75,000 tonnes of SAF per year to the Dutch airline.