KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme
The KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme was launched in 2012 with a sustainable biofuel flight to the RIO +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The corporate partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme pay a surcharge that covers the price difference between sustainable biojet fuel and fossil jet fuel. With this biofuel, these companies reduce their CO2 footprint from business travel and at the same time contribute to the further development of this market. So far the programme enabled biofuel flights to Rio de Janeiro, and a series of flights from New York to Amsterdam, from Amsterdam to Aruba and Bonaire and from Oslo to Amsterdam. Current partners in the programme are ABN AMRO, Accenture, PGGM, CBRE Global Investors, FMO, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, Perfetti van Melle and The Schiphol Group. The sustainable biofuel for the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is supplied by SkyNRG.
Climate KIC – Renewable Jet Fuel
In the RENJET project, SkyNRG partners up with Schiphol Airport, HarverstaGG, Wageningen UR, KLM, Imperial College Londen and Utrecht University. The project accelerates the development of sustainable biojet fuel supply chains that may account for 20 per cent of biojet fuel demand in the European Union in 2025. The activities range from selecting and expanding the supply of available feedstock(s), managing stakeholders and conversion steps, support ASTM certification to signing offtake agreements for certified sustainable biojet fuel and defining business models taking all stakeholders into account. SkyNRG is in the lead for structuring the first European sustainable biojet fuel supply chain and has initiated three supply chain partnerships in the EU. Furthermore, SkyNRG is involved in the development of innovative financing mechanisms through for example KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme.
BioPort Holland is a public private partnership between the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Schiphol Group, Neste, Port of Rotterdam, KLM and SkyNRG. The partnership is based on an ambitious plan initiated by SkyNRG to ramp up supply by making use of Neste’s Renewable Diesel plant in Rotterdam and by accelerating other next generation fuel production tracks. The aim is to create a structural sustainable biojet fuel supply and demand hub for Western Europe. On the short term (2014-2018), the partners focus on getting a supply chain up and running and supply significant quantities of sustainable biojet fuel to Schiphol Airport.
In 2016, SkyNRG became a member of Circle Economy. Circle Economy is a social enterprise that builds programs and tools to accelerate the implementation of the circular economy across businesses, governments and communities. A great synergy exists between SkyNRG and Circle Economy since both organisations are dedicated to build and encourage the development of sustainable business models. Together, SkyNRG and Circle Economy explore opportunities to make the aviation sector more sustainable by engaging all stakeholders, including governments, businesses, industry and end-customers.
The Initiative Towards sustaAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) aims to speed up the commercialisation of sustainable biojet fuel in Europe by analysing the economic, social, environmental and regulatory implications of large-scale biojet utilisation. ITAKA is the first project worldwide that demonstrates the entire value chain for biojet production and the first supported by the EU on this topic and scope. Consortium members include leading companies and research centres in: feedstock production (BIOTEHGEN and Camelina Company España); renewable fuel production (Neste and RE-CORD); fuel logistics (CLH and SkyNRG); air transport (Airbus, EADS IW UK, Embraer and SENASA); and sustainability assessment (EADS IW France, EPFL and MMU). SkyNRG takes the lead for the downstream work package within the ITAKA project: logistics, blending, certification, and into wing fuelling. Significant cost reductions where in particular achieved when SkyNRG supplied sustainable biojet fuel by using the existing airport fuel infrastructure. This demonstration at Oslo Gardermoen Airport was a world first and can now be replicated in airports worldwide.
The BIOREFLY project will demonstrate and validate the conversion of organic residues (such as lignin) into sustainable biojet fuel by constructing and operating an industrial scale demonstration plant. The project aims to accelerate the development of high efficiency renewable energy production technologies by providing the best processing and engineering strategies to produce sustainable biojet fuel. The use of lignin-rich residues from bio refineries will guarantee the efficient utilisation of energy crops and agricultural residues. In this way Biochemtex, ETH Zurich, KLM, Re-cord, WIP Renewable Energies and SkyNRG want to deliver a rapid breakthrough in the aviation sector with the BIOREFLY project. SkyNRG’s role in the project is to supervise the ASTM track on behalf of Biochemtex, creating a blueprint for commercial scale deployment and all downstream operations involved with the demonstration flights.
The Biological Fully Synthetic Jet Fuel project
The Biological Fully Synthetic Jet Fuel (BFSJ) project is part of European Union’s the 7th framework programme for research and technological development. The partners – Abengoa, Swedish Biofuels, Remeksi Keskus, Lufthansa, SCA, E4tech, Free University Brussels, and SkyNRG – aim to construct and operate a demonstration scale facility for the production of sustainable biojet fuel from sustainable woody biomass. The demonstration unit aims to de-risk the investment in a commercial scale facility based on Swedish Biofuels’ Alcohol to Jet technology. In this project SkyNRG is responsible for the techno-economic analysis, making the business case for a commercial scale facility and all downstream operations involved with supplying the sustainable biojet fuel to Lufthansa.
Fly Green Fund
The Fly Green Fund is a Nordic initiative, founded by SkyNRG, NISA and Karlstad Airport, that enables organisations and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint by flying on sustainable biojet fuel. It aims to secure the necessary funding to kick-start the market for sustainable biojet fuel in the Nordics, by creating demand and at the same time supporting the development of production capacity from locally available feedstock. The Fly Green Fund is now operational and invites airlines and corporations to join and operate (part of) their flights on sustainable biojet fuel.
SkyNRG has teamed up with the Paper Province within the BioFuelS project to examine the commercial and technical conditions for the production of biofuels in Värmland, Sweden. As one of the world-leading forest bioenergy clusters, Värmland is well-positioned to develop a biojet fuel supply chain. The intention is to contribute to a greater diversification of existing industries, stimulate innovation and development in the region, and help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the region from road and aviation transport. SkyNRG’s role in this project is to support the Paper Province to scope promising feedstock-technology combinations, transfer the knowledge acquired in prior and ongoing projects (e.g. project FiberJet and the RENJET Project), and develop a scale-up strategy for a commercial supply chain in Värmland.
SkyNRG is a launching member of Below50. Below50 aims to drive growth and commercialization of the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels – that is, fuels that produce at least 50% less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels. For this cross-sectoral business platform SkyNRG and twenty other forward- thinking businesses partnered up with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). The collaboration is designed to increase the number of companies using below50 fuels and demonstrate that these fuels make both good business and environmental sense. The campaign will centralize resources and dialogue; produce a go-to resource for regulators and policymakers; create a marketplace for companies across the supply chain; and host regional road shows to engage financers, policymakers and companies, as well as explore how to regionally scale sustainable fuel technology.
AltAir Fuels is a refiner of environmentally sustainable feedstocks for the production of jet and diesel fuels. AltAir’s products meet the same industry certification as the petroleum-based products. Located in Paramount, California, AltAir’s initial facility is the world’s first renewable fuels refinery with integrated biojet fuel production capability. Altair has a production capacity of 40 milion gallons per year with design capacity to increase to 71 million gallons per year. Since 2016, SkyNRG and Altair work closely together to supply sustainable biojet fuel to the aviation industry. The fuel that SkyNRG supplies in cooperation with AltAir is made from used cooking oil and had a reductionpotential of XX%, compared to fossil biojet fuel.
Sunchem SA and SkyNRG have teamed up in 2014 to scale the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in South Africa, supported by South African Airways and Boeing. Solaris is a nicotine and GMO free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil (as feedstock for sustainable biojet fuel) and high quality animal feed. As of September 2015 the cultivation of Solaris has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), ensuring compliance with rigorous environmental and social standards. Starting in Limpopo province, the partners are laying the basis for a new regional bio jet fuel supply chain. Through this project they will bring economic and rural development to the region in a sustainable way.
The Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) is a non-profit organization funded by the Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) of the Government of Canada and the Canadian aerospace industry. To increase Canada’s aerospace competitiveness, GARDN funds collaborative projects that can reduce the environmental footprint of the next generation of aircraft, engines and avionics systems developed in Canada. SkyNRG is involved in two of these projects:
- Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI): A three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations who aim to create a sustainable Canadian supply chain of sustainable biojet fuel using renewable feedstocks. In this project SkyNRG is in the lead for all downstream operations.
- The ATM project: An Assessment of likely Technology Maturation pathways used to produce sustainable biojet fuel from forest residues. In this project SkyNRG is responsible for the techno-economic analysis, making the business case for a commercial scale facility.
Since 2016, SkyNRG supplies KLM with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by AltAir Fuels for all flights departing from Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport. The supply is part of a long term biofuel offtake agreement that’s unique as SAF is now part of KLM’s day to day operations on LAX airport. Another milestone was reached in collaboration with AltAir Fuels by supplying Africa’s first sustainable biofuel flight in July 2016. AltAir Fuels is the first and only bio-refinery in the world with dedicated production capacity for SAF. This makes AltAir a key partner for SkyNRG in supplying customers and scaling-up the use of SAF. AltAir’s jet fuel can reduce CO2 emission with more than 70% compared to fossil jet fuel, while meeting the same industry certification as the petroleum-based products. AltAir is currently in the process of becoming RSB certified.