KLM, Växjö Småland Airport, Södra, SkyNRG and Partners Sign LOI to Investigate the Feasibility of Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the Växjö Region
(SkyNRG) Starting today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is flying to Växjö, Sweden every day and to make flights to Växjö as sustainable as possible, KLM is investing in 120,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel per year for the new Swedish destination. KLM guarantees that it will purchase 5% sustainable aviation fuel, based on all flights to and from Växjö. Together with key partners in the region, such as Södra, Sweden’s largest cooperative of forest owners, Växjö Småland Airport and The City of Växjö, KLM and SkyNRG will conduct a feasibility study for local production of sustainable aviation fuel.
In addition to exploring the technical possibilities, the partners will also asses the financial and commercial availability of an industrial scale production process and secure commitments for long-term supply agreements. The need for installing production capacity is very high because currently there’s only one refinery in the world, located in Los Angeles, that produces sustainable aviation fuel.
Södra also joined the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme today. This programme gives organizations the opportunity to fly on sustainable aviation fuel and reduce their business travel footprint. By expanding the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme in Sweden, local companies will now also be able to invest in sustainable aviation fuel.
KLM President & CEO, Pieter Elbers: “KLM is involved intensively in flying as environmentally friendly as possible, for instance, by investing in sustainable biojet fuel. I am pleased that KLM and Växjö Småland Airport are compensating jointly for the total CO2 emissions of flights to and from Växjö. This makes Växjö – our most sustainable destination – a valuable addition to the KLM network. It is one more step towards making aviation more sustainable, in which cooperation with local partners is crucial. Support from other companies, governments, and other airlines is necessary if we are to make aviation truly sustainable.”
Theye Veen, Chief Financial Officer at SkyNRG: “We applaud KLM for opening Växjö as its most sustainable destination and for continuously showing leadership by investing in sustainable aviation fuel. Sweden is a key region for SkyNRG and by investigating the opportunities for sustainable aviation fuel production in the Växjö region, we can contribute to the government’s ambitions for a fossil-free Sweden.”
SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), having supplied over 25 airlines on all continents. SkyNRG sources, blends and distributes SAF, guarantees sustainability throughout the supply chain and helps to co-fund any price premium versus conventional jet fuel. At the same time, SkyNRG focuses on developing regional supply chains that offer a real sustainable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels. SkyNRG has its operations RSB certified and is structurally advised by an independent Sustainability Board in which WWF International, European Climate Foundation, Solidaridad Network and the University of Groningen hold a seat. www.skynrg.com READ MORE
Excerpt from GreenAir Online: In addition, KLM and sustainable aviation fuel provider SkyNRG will partner with Växjö airport, the city authority and Sweden’s largest cooperative of forest owners, Södra, to conduct a feasibility study for local SAF production. Meanwhile, following an EU grant of €13.9 million ($16.4m), SkyNRG is also to participate in an industrial consortium that aims to convert softwood residues into gasoline and jet fuel. The project will be led by France’s Global Bioenergies.
The Swedish SAF feasibility study will also assess the financial and commercial availability of an industrial scale production process and secure commitments for long-term supply agreements. SkyNRG points to a very high need for installing production capacity given there is still only one biorefinery in the world – AltAir’s in California – that is producing sustainable jet fuel.
Funds from the offsetting of CO2 from the Amsterdam- Växjö flights will go to the CO2OL Tropical Mix reforestation initiative in Panama, described as a ‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’ project, which converts degraded meadows into mixed forests by planting a mix of native tree species and some exotic species. In addition, says KLM, the project’s activities create long-term employment thereby providing a sustainable source of income for the local population. The project is supported under KLM’s CO2ZERO voluntary passenger offset programme that has now been running for 10 years. READ MORE