For the next five to six weeks, one of KLM Cityhopper's E190s flying
from Oslo to Amsterdam is powered by biofuel produced from camelina plant oil.
Some 80 flights are measuring the operating efficiency of the aircraft and its
GE CF34 engines using the alternate fuel that fully complies with the European
Commission's Renewable Energy Directive.
Embraer has been working with industry partners and airlines for
years to advance biofuel production. This particular project was organized in
association with AirBP, SkyNRG and ITAKA, (the Initiative Towards Sustainable
Kerosene for Aviation) a consortium dedicated to producing and testing
sustainable biofuel for the airline industry.
KLM has been leading biofuel awareness in the aviation community and
has its own Corporate Biofuel Programme. The airline intends to reduce CO2
emissions by 20% per passenger by 2020 compared to 2011 levels by renewing its
fleet, improving operating efficiency and, of course, using sustainable
biofuel. For example, the E175s that KLM
has recently acquired will generate 18% fewer CO2 emissions compared to the
Fokker 70s that the airline is gradually replacing.
Mr. Boet Kreiken, Managing Director for KLM Cityhopper (3rd from
right), stated that "KLM believes that sustainable biofuel is important
for the airline industry. For this
reason, we have for some time been cooperating with different partners,
including those united within the scope of the KLM Corporate Biofuel Programme,
to stimulate the development of the market.
Our new cooperative relationship with Embraer and Oslo Airport (Avinor)
serves to underscore just how important this is."
As the flight test program
Jorge Ramos, President of Embraer Europe, explained that “Embraer has been
directly involved in several initiatives and partnerships for research and
development of biofuels for aviation.
These are flagship flights with KLM as they represent the first
initiative Embraer has developed with aviation biofuels on regular flights. We
will use the Oslo to Amsterdam E190 biofuel flights to gather data and assess
the performance of the engines using a percentage of jet biofuel in comparison
with fossil-based kerosene.”