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This summer’s most sustainable destination

Published

1st Jun, 2018

From 14 May to 26 October 2018, KLM Cityhopper will fly six days a week to Växjö, Sweden. The destination is the most sustainable route in KLM’s network. This is because KLM has purchased biojet fuel for the flights to and from the new destination. KLM is compensating for the remaining total carbon emissions from these flights through its CO2ZERO service. KLM and Växjö Airport are each contributing half of the expense.

Biojet fuel for Växjö

KLM is guaranteeing that it will purchase 5% biojet fuel for the flights, which works out to 120,000 litres of biojet fuel per year. The partners’ contribution to the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme will enable KLM to purchase sustainable biojet fuel. Sustainable biojet fuel will make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the airline industry. It can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil fuels. However, it is still two or three times more expensive than fossil fuel.

Local production and a new Swedish partner

By expanding the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme in Sweden, local companies will be able to invest in sustainable biojet fuel. Södra, Sweden’s largest cooperative of forest owners, based in Växjö, will be the first non-Dutch partner in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme. Together with Södra and the City of Växjö, KLM and SkyNRG will also investigate the feasibility of producing biojet fuel in the region around Växjö.

CO2 compensation on the Växjö route

As it is not yet possible to fly entirely on sustainable biojet fuel, KLM and Växjö Småland Airport are joining forces to pay jointly for the total carbon dioxide compensation for flights to and from Växjö thorugh KLM’s CO2ZERO service. This contribution will be invested in the reforestation initiative CO2OL Tropical Mix in Panama, a “Gold Standard for the Global Goals” project. The project converts degraded meadows into mixed forests by planting a mix of native tree species and some exotic species. In addition, the project’s activities create long-term employment thereby providing a sustainable source of income for the local population.

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