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Biofuel? Yes, provided that …

Published

17th May, 2012

Biofuel produces significantly less CO2 emissions. This is why it is more sustainable than fossil fuel, which is still the standard in the aviation industry today. As different methods are used to produce biofuel and certain production methods result in unwanted side effects, it is important for us, as the user, to know how a biofuel is produced.

This is because some production methods are not as sustainable as others. This requires a great deal of research and a critical consideration of the production chain, making it possible to make the right choices. This is precisely why we are the co-founders of of SkyNRG, which focuses on this particular issue. Various renowned organisations play an advisory role on the subject of biofuels too, such as WWF-NL, Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University.

An approach to fuel based on sustainability

The basis for the biofuel that KLM is currently using is formed from used cooking oil. Restaurants and snack bars regularly need to change the oil they use for deep frying and they dispose of large quantities of it. Specialist companies like Dynamic Fuels are able to recycle this waste product into biofuel. This biofuel has been tested extensively, meets the highest requirements and, as such, is suitable for use in the aviation industry. In this way, used cooking oil is given a new lease of life at KLM.

No conflict of interest

In contrast to a number of other biofuels, used cooking oil is a very sustainable option by the current standards: it results in less CO2 emissions and there is no conflict of interest in terms of the use of land for food or fuel production.

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