Minister Eurlings invests 1.25 million in biokerosene
The Dutch airline KLM has been granted a subsidy of 1.25 million euro to develop sustainable biokerosene. Minister Eurlings (Ministry of Transport) has allocated this subsidy as part of the ‘Well to Wing’ programme. ‘KLM again chooses to be at the forefront’ according to the Minister. ‘I welcome the efforts made by KLM to continue playing a leading role in sustainable innovation’.
KLM hopes the ‘Well to wing’ project will promote the availability of biofuels in the aviation industry. The airline hopes to produce 40 tons of biofuel per week by 2011. The project also encompasses the development of a ‘biofuel hub’ at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
In November 2009 KLM implemented a test flight, with passengers, using biokerosene in the engines, which proved that flying on sustainable fuels is possible. However, there is insufficient biokerosene available for all commercial flights. KLM hopes that this ‘Well to Wing’ project will improve this situation. ‘And therefore I’m happy to make a financial contribution’ says Minister Eurlings.