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KLM has a world first with flight on synthetic fuel

KLM has a world first with flight on synthetic fuel

The world first was announced on Monday during an online conference on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), where top speakers from the fields of aviation, politics and energy spoke about the use of sustainable fuel.

In order to achieve the international climate targets, the aviation sector will have to switch from traditional kerosene to sustainable alternatives in the coming decades. The aim is to fill up with 14 percent SAF in the Netherlands by 2030.

Shell was asked by Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure & Water Management) to develop the synthetic fuel. This resulted in a first batch of 500 liters. “It’s nothing compared to what an airplane uses in flight, but it’s an important first step,” said Yuri Sebregts, Shell’s chief technology officer.