KLM Invests in First European Bio-Kerosine Plant

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to invest millions of euros in the first European industrial plant to produce sustainable aviation fuel, also known as bio-kerosene.

KLM Winglit

Winglit on a KLM aircraft

The production plant will be developed by SkyNRG, global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and located in Delfzijl, in the north of Groningen. It will specialise in producing sustainable fuels from waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil, coming mostly from regional industries.

First of its kind

The plant will be the first of its kind in the world and will open in 2022 –  an important step for the industry and towards fulfilling KLM’s sustainability ambitions.

The industrial unit, set up by KLM partners in 2010, will be owned and operated by SkyNRG.

SHV Energy, global leader in LPG distribution, will invest in the facility and will purchase the bioLPG which the plant produces. Amsterdam’s state-owned airport Schiphol will also be investing in the development of the facility, KLM said.

Accelerate development

By joining hands with other parties, the plant that will accelerate the development of sustainable aviation fuel, making KLM the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel on this scale.

From 2022, the plant will annually produce 100,000 tonnes of SAF, of which KLM will purchase 75,000 tonnes. This will reduce the company’s CO2  emissions by 200, 000 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to the emissions released by a 747 flying 263 days non-stop.