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Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Joins KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme
Today, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment became the first governmental office to join KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Corporate BioFuel Programme. State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Sharon Dijksma announced the move at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam. By participating in the programme, the Ministry is enabling its employees to travel on flights using biofuel whenever possible.
As a result, the Ministry will be able to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from air travel by about 50%. Renewable biofuel contributes significantly to making air travel more sustainable.
“We’re extremely pleased that the government has chosen to take part in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme,” said KLM CEO Pieter Elbers. “We hope that the Ministry’s participation in the programme sends a signal to other parties that the use of biofuel truly does contribute to added sustainability in the airline industry. That might well help to get biofuel production for civil aviation off the ground in the Netherlands.”
What is the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme?
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme enables companies to do some of their air travel using renewable biofuel. Participants pay a fee to bridge the difference between the price of traditional fossil fuel and sustainable biofuel. KLM uses that fee to purchase renewable biofuel.
ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, the City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle, and the Schiphol Group are now participating in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme.
Why is the programme important?
As a result of low production capacity, the availability of renewable raw materials, and the mandatory delivery of biofuels for road transport, there is no stable production of biofuel for the airline industry in Europe. KLM believes that medium- and long-term production of biofuel is extremely important if the airline industry is to achieve its carbon dioxide reduction goals. If biofuel could be made widely available and put into general use, it could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.
Together with the CBP’s partners, KLM is stimulating the development of a market for sustainable biofuels. The general aim is to create stable production so that the price for biofuels drops to an acceptable level. KLM only purchases biofuels made from raw materials that have no negative environmental impact on biodiversity or food production. The biofuels are purchased by SkyNRG who is advised by its independent Sustainability Board or certified by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).
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