FrieslandCampina participates in the KLM Biofuel programme

KLM and FrieslandCampina signed an agreement to stimulate flying on sustainable biofuel in 2014. FrieslandCampina employees will fly climate-neutral to Singapore and China. As a participant in the programme, FrieslandCampina pays a supplement on each ticket that offsets the difference in price between biofuel and traditional kerosene. This investment will be used to purchase biofuel that will then be added to the fuel system at Schiphol airport.

The 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, Corporate Director Sustainability at FrieslandCampina: “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.”

KLM Biofuel Programme

KLM uses the surcharge to purchase sustainable biofuel, which is added to the fuel pumped into KLM aircraft at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and elsewhere. Consequently, the participating corporations reduce CO2 emissions resulting from their business travel, but also contribute to the further development of the biofuel market.

KLM aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent in 2020 (compared to 2011), by way of fleet renewal, utilisation of sustainable biofuel, and improved flight efficiency. The sustainable biofuel for the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is supplied by SkyNRG, a company founded by KLM in 2010. Read more about the Biofuel Programme on the KLM website.

The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme was established in 2012. In addition to ABN AMRO, the programme’s partners include Accenture, CBRE, FMO, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, Nike, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle and the Schiphol Group.

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.

Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition

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.