Sustainable biofuels

The transition from fossil fuels to renewables is a priority to ensure the future of commercial aviation. The use of biofuel as compared to conventional fuel can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% when used on a large scale.

To set an example for the rest of the industry, Air France-KLM explores and contributes to the entire value chain from research to commercialization.

The Group has shown that flying on biofuel can be done both safely and sustainably. The ambition is to stimulate the biofuel market, whilst taking strict environmental, social and economic criteria into account. Air France and KLM have entered into new and innovative partnerships both with corporate clients as well as suppliers, airports and logistic partners.

The use of different types of renewable feedstock is supported, provided they meet stringent sustainability criteria:

  • Substantial reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Minimal impact on biodiversity
  • No competition with food production or the availability of food resources
  • Positive impact on the social development of local communities.

Air France and KLM support regulatory incentives stimulating the biofuel market for aviation. For example, the European Commission Biofuel FlightPath 2020 reaches an annual production of 2 million tons of sustainably produced biofuel by 2020.

In September 2014, Air France has launched the Lab’line for the Future, showcasing innovation for sustainable development. Thanks to the support of 14 partners involved in this project, Air France has been operating a weekly flight between Toulouse and Paris-Orly until January 2016.

KLM Biofuel program enables corporate customers to meet part of their travel needs with biofuel-powered flights. Participants pay a surcharge that covers the difference in cost between biofuel and traditional kerosene.

These initiatives contribute to develop the biofuel market for aviation.