Biofuels have been embraced by assorted military organizations, but commercial adoption has thus far been lagging behind. Despite this, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines just announced plans to start weekly flights from John F. Kennedy Airport to Schiphol using sustainable biofuels. The plan is a joint effort between the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and KLM’s partners in the Corporate BioFuel Program.
“I am proud that KLM is once again demonstrating its leading role in developing sustainable biofuel,” said KLM managing director Camiel Eurings. ”For eight years in a row, KLM, together with Air France, has been sector leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alongside this biofuel series we are starting a study to further identify sustainability gains in fuel, weight and CO2 reduction throughout the entire flight process. We are striving to achieve the ‘optimal flight’ together with research institutes, suppliers, airports, and air traffic control. We are combining new and existing technology, processes, and efficiency initiatives to achieve this. Cooperation is a priority! . . . By this initiative KLM demonstrates that sustainable biofuel in the airline industry is here to stay.”
The JFK-bound flights began on March 8th using biofuel that was created from used cooking oil. It’s all part of KLM’s ongoing investment into its biofuel program, which has also received support from the Schiphol Group. KLM has already had a lot of success in the past using biofuel – in June 2012, the airline conducted its longest biofueled flight ever from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro.
The airline’s sustainable stance has also won praise from the Dutch government with Henk Kamp, the minister for Economic Affairs saying: “This new steps shows that KLM is a frontrunner in making air transportation more sustainable. Initiatives like these are essential in making our economy more sustainable and create new business opportunities for Dutch companies.”
Via Clean Technica