Holland gets first European bio-kerosene factory
Dutch company SkyNRG wants to build a facility to produce bio-kerosene. The factory may be built in the province of Groningen and Dutch airline KLM wants to use the fuel to fly ‘cleaner’. That is necessary because, compared to aviation, other transport sectors are making much more effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
3% of global emissions
The aviation industry is under great pressure to become greener. Civil aviation is responsible for almost 3% of global CO2 emissions. In the Netherlands, this is even 7% of the total emissions.
The sector is still growing, which makes the share of aviation in global CO2 emissions increase explosively. This is not illogical though, as aviation was kept out of the Paris Climate Agreement so far.
Two times more expensive
Flying on bio-kerosene is seen as a way of limiting ecological damage. This green aircraft fuel is made from residues from the forest, agriculture or the food industry. For the moment, bio-kerosene is two to three times more expensive than regular fuel. That is why the government must help to speed up the development, experts believe.
The Netherlands would be ahead of the pack if the plant was built. There is currently no other bio-kerosene plant in northwest Europe. “The presence of ports and a good network of pipelines make the Netherlands an interesting location”, said CE Delft, a research and consultancy company, in a report published last year.
KLM already uses bio-kerosene
KLM, one of the founders and also an important shareholder of SkyNRG, confirms that there are plans for a bio-kerosene plant, but does not want to comment on it. The Dutch aviation company, which has been using biofuel for some time, now uses fuel from a factory in Los Angeles. This fuel is mainly used on flights departing from the city on the American east coast.