Yup. One country’s gutter oil is another country’s aviation fuel. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced it will purchase 2,000 tons of gutter oil from Shanghai, and refine it into aviation fuel for its aircraft.
The Dutch national carrier, which currently uses a 50-50 mix of biofuels and fossil fuels, has said it may need as much as 120,000 tons of jet biofuels each year.
In June 2011, KLM made the world’s first bio-diesel fueled flight in the world, taking 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris.
Last month, it made headlines again by successfully flying a Boeing 777-200 from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro on bio-kerosene made from used cooking oil. This was the world’s first long-haul biofuel flight.
Being on the cutting edge of this technology will give KLM a huge cost advantage over competitors as used cooking oil costs about 30% less than petroleum in China.