On Friday 16 May 2014, Frank van Ooijen, Director Sustainability at FrieslandCampina, signed an agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to promote sustainable biofuel-powered flights. Sustainable biofuel is a so-called ‘second-generation biofuel’ that has no impact on food production or the environment. Used deep fryer oil is an example of sustainable biofuel.
Frank van Ooijen: “From now on, our employees will fly to Singapore and China on a climate-neutral basis. Climate change is something that affects us all. As a truly global company operating in numerous countries around the world, we need our people to fly. By taking part in this programme, we help to make air traffic more sustainable, while at the same time keeping our promise to reduce our ecological footprint.”
Programme partners pay a surcharge on each plane ticket, covering the price difference between biofuel and traditional kerosene. The investment is used to purchase biofuel, which is added to the fuel system at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. As is the case with green energy, the biofuel is distributed across the network, meaning that other airlines will also be supplied with the fuel mixture. As a result, the efforts of KLM and its partners not only help to reduce their own ecological footprints, but also benefit the sustainability of air traffic as a whole.
Both KLM and FrieslandCampina are partners in the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, which has been established by eight Dutch multinationals to encourage and promote sustainable growth. In addition to FrieslandCampina, several other large enterprises have become partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, which has come about in collaboration with WWF-Netherlands.