January 23 (Renewables Now) - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said Monday that Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will support the increased use of sustainable biofuels on flights by joining the airline’s Corporate BioFuel Programme.
LVNL, the agency in charge of air traffic control in the Dutch airspace, will buy biofuel for all business flights of its employees.
The use of sustainable biofuels on a large scale could result in an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, compared with fossil fuels, but the price of the green fuel is still two-three times higher than that of kerosene, KLM explains. Participants in the Corporate BioFuel Programme pay a fee to cover the difference in price.
The airline’s goal is to create demand so that production of biofuels for the airline industry becomes stable and the price falls to an acceptable level.
KLM aims to cut CO2 emissions per passenger by 20% by 2020, as compared to 2011 levels. To do that it is investing in sustainable biofuels, sourced through SkyNRG, and in new aircraft and more efficient flight operations.