Starting from January 10, 2022, the Dutch airline KLM (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) will start using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on all its flights from Amsterdam. For now, KLM will add 0.5% of this fuel, and the airline’s ambition is that by 2030, 10% of all fuel used in aviation will be sustainable aviation fuel, the statement said.

What is sustainable aviation fuel and why is it important

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a jet fuel made exclusively from renewable sources, such as used edible oil, wood residues or synthetic kerosene, and it can replace conventional fossil fuel or be added to it without any engine modifications and additional costs. SAF differs from ordinary bio-fuel, because the principle of sustainability is applied in the production itself, which means that its production does not lead to deforestation or reduction of food production.

Currently, SAF is the most important factor in the fight for a more sustainable aviation industry, because its use can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 75%! At the level of the European Union, a proposal was submitted that the mandatory share of sustainable aviation fuel on flights to and from the EU be 2% by 2025, while the ambition of KLM and its partners is to make the mandatory share of this fuel worldwide by 2030 10%. That is why KLM started using SAF on its flights on a completely voluntary basis today. In this way, the goals of KLM are in line with the goals of the United Nations Climate Resolution (UN Climate Agreement) signed in Paris, according to which zero CO2 emissions are expected by 2050.

The use of sustainable aviation fuel will increase the price of airline tickets from one to 12 EUR per ticket

The cost of producing SAF is four times higher than the cost of producing fossil kerosene, but that could change when more airlines start using this fuel and the market develops sufficiently. Thanks to the corporate SAF program, KLM already uses sustainable aviation fuel on its flights. An additional 0.5% of this fuel, which will be used on all flights from Amsterdam from January 10, 2022, will be financed through airline tickets, and the surcharge will vary from one to 12 euros per ticket, depending on the length of the flight and the class in which the passenger is flying.

A small but important step

Sustainable aviation fuel will change the future of the aviation industry, and KLM sets the ecological transition of aviation as one of its primary goals. Back in 2011, KLM conducted the world’s first commercial flight using biofuel, while in February 2021, the airline had the world’s first commercial flight to use synthetic kerosene based on carbon dioxide, water and renewable energy. sun and wind. KLM is aware that the addition of 0.5% of sustainable aviation fuel is a very small step, but it is also very important and hopes that other airlines will follow this initiative in the fight for a healthier planet, the statement said.

Greener Planet Initiative – CO2ZERO

KLM has been enabling passengers for years to reduce the carbon footprint of their flight through the CO2ZERO program. So far, the money collected by this initiative has been used to afforest our planet, and over a thousand hectares of rainforest have been planted in Panama. From 13 January 2022, KLM passengers will have the opportunity to purchase additional sustainable aviation fuel through the CO2ZERO program and thus directly reduce CO2 emissions.

KLM is currently purchasing relatively large quantities of SAF and has signed various sales contracts with suppliers. This will guarantee a standard 0.5% surcharge for flights departing from Amsterdam and allow KLM to meet the additional demand generated by passengers through the CO2ZERO program, as well as the demand generated by airline partners through corporate programs. In addition to fleet renewal and constant innovation within the company, KLM is committed to the aviation energy transition.

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