SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL
Air France and KLM have shown that flying on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can be done both safely and responsibly. Using this alternative fuel can save up to 80% CO2 emissions when compared to the use of conventional kerosene.
The Group’s ambition is to stimulate the market for sustainable aviation fuel, while taking strict environmental, social and economic criteria into account. Air France and KLM will continue to support partnerships with both corporate clients and suppliers, airports and logistic partners, industrial partners and governmental parties to increase supply volumes for sustainable aviation fuel.
SECURING STRICT SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA
Sustainable aviation fuel has to meet stringent sustainability criteria. These include substantial reduction in CO2 emissions, a minimal impact on the environment and biodiversity, limited competition with food production or the availability of food resources, and a positive impact on the social development of local communities.
In order to ensure the supply of sustainable feedstock we have been members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) since 2008, as well as one of the founding members of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG).
The sustainable aviation fuel that KLM uses is supplied by SkyNRG. SkyNRG has a strict internal process to ensure feedstock sustainability. An independent Sustainability Board, formed by WWF, Solidaridad, European Climate Foundation and University of Groningen, advises on sustainability criteria of the alternative fuel. SkyNRG is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
STIMULATING THE INDUSTRY
We are members of several working groups and support research projects aimed at the creation of a biofuels market for aviation. For example:
- Air France has joined forces with the ATAG (Air Transport Aviation Group) to promote biofuels for aviation, and together with the French Civil Aviation Research Council strives to raise public authorities’ awareness of the need to support the French biofuels industry. Air France is also actively participating in the establishment of the French national road map of aviation biofuels managed by the National Alliance for Coordination of Research on Energy (ANCRE).
- In 2018, KLM started investing in 120,000 liters of bio-jet fuel per year on flights bound for the new Swedish destination, Växjö. KLM has guaranteed that it will purchase 5% of bio-jet fuel used for all flights to and from Växjö. Together with Södra and the City of Växjö, KLM and SkyNRG will also investigate the feasibility of producing bio-jet fuel in the region around Växjö.
- During the World Efficiency event in December 2017, Air France signed an Engagement for Green Growth (Engagement pour la Croissance Verte – ECV) with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the French Ministry of Transport and the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance, along with four other major French industrial companies (Airbus, Safran, Suez and Total). The ECV aims to promote the emergence of sustainable aviation biofuel industries that, in economically viable conditions, fully integrate circular economy principles. The idea is to support and rapidly create the conditions for implementing these industries in France. An official report is delivered, on quarterly basis, to the French authorities.
SUPPORTING REGULATORY INCENTIVES AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
We are actively involved in the Advanced European Biofuel Flightpath initiative where KLM acts as co-chair. We are also members of the ART Fuels Forum. Created and funded by the European Commission, this forum of experts aims to shape strategies and policies for market development and to examine the conditions for promoting alternative sustainable biofuels, notably in aviation. It brings together EU policy makers, fuel producers and transport stakeholders, as well as the main stakeholders of international corporations, to facilitate the formulation of policies aimed at reducing barriers to the development of biofuels.
Air France participates in the Ini-FCA French Future Alternative Fuels Initiative, led by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). At the CORAC (Council for Civil Aeronautical Research), the company actively participates in formulating a biofuels strategy involving coordinated actions to further technological research and innovation in order to attain ecological transition objectives within a global context.
As part of the Dutch climate agreement, KLM is actively involved in the new working group for sustainable aviation fuels, a collaboration between the Dutch Government and several private parties with a collective ambition of launching sustainable aviation fuel production in the Netherlands.
INNOVATING IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
In 2010, KLM created the SkyNRG venture to develop a sustainable fuel supply chain from purchase to delivery. SkyNRG is now the world leader in sustainable aviation fuel, supplying more than fifteen airline companies globally. Currently, KLM is shareholder of SkyNRG.
In 2016, KLM signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel at Los Angeles airport, and is planning to continue this initiative in the coming years. All KLM flights from Los Angeles airport will be operated with sustainable aviation fuel produced by the local World Energy (former AltAir Fuels) refinery and supplied by SkyNRG.
INVOLVING CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS
As part of its WWF-NL partnership and the Green Deal commitment, KLM launched the Corporate BioFuel Programme in 2012. In 2018, Air Traffic Control The Netherlands, Arcadis and Södra joined the program. Thanks to its partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, KLM is able to bridge the price difference between fossil fuels and sustainably produced bio-jet fuels.
In France, Air France mobilizes the partners in the biofuel value chain around the Engagement for Green Growth.