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AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands: May 27, 2019. KLM says it is the first airline in the world to purchase 750,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over the next decade.

Supplier SkyNRG will open Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of SAF in 2022 at Delfzijl in the north of Holland. The site will specialise in producing SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using regional waste and residue streams as feedstock.

The plant, which will run on sustainable hydrogen produced using water and wind energy, will produce 100,000 tonnes of SAF annually, as well as 15,000 tonnes of bioLPG as a by-product. It will mean a CO2 reduction of 270,000 tonnes a year for the aviation industry.

SPL KLM“The advent of aviation has had a major impact on the world, offering a new means of bringing people closer together. This privilege goes hand in hand with huge responsibility towards our planet,” declared KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers. “KLM takes this very seriously and has therefore invested in sustainability for many years. By joining hands with other parties, we can build a plant that will accelerate the development of sustainable aviation fuel. This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes a year, which is equal to the emissions released by 1,000 KLM flights between Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.”

Schiphol Airport and SHV Energy, a global leader in LPG distribution, will also invest in the facility.

Former head of Air France-KLM Cargo and now SHV Energy CEO Bram Gräber noted: “This investment closely aligns with SHV Energy’s strategy to further increase the share of sustainably produced energy products. Our customers in Europe, many of whom are not connected to the natural gas grid, rely on SHV Energy to meet their energy needs efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers in the field of bioLPG, we are pleased that this project will add 15,000 tonnes of bioLPG to our annual supply. This amounts to more than 35,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction.”

SkyNRG’s independent Sustainability Board, made up of representatives from WWF International, the European Climate Foundation, Solidaridad Network and the University of Groningen, will advise on whether the new sustainable fuel meets the requisite standards.

In addition to KLM and SHV Energy, SkyNRG has partnered with EIT Climate-KIC, Royal Schiphol Group, GROEIfonds, NV NOM, Groningen Seaports, Nouryon, Gasunie, Arcadis, TechnipFMC, Haldor Topsoe, Desmet Ballestra, Susteen Technologies, and MBP Solutions.

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