KLM Airlines to Power Planes with Used Cooking Oil

Going green is all the rage these days and Dutch airline KLM is getting in on the action with a plan to fuel its planes with used cooking oil.

Beginning in September, more than 200 KLM flights between Amsterdam and Paris will run on biokerosene made from recycled cooking oil, the company announced Wednesday.

To produce the fuel, KLM will use a range of raw materials the airline believes can a substantively reduce CO2 emissions. KLM is claiming that they will only use materials that have little negative impact on biodiversity and the food supply.

The company said that all biofuels must "meet precisely the same technical specifications as traditional kerosene and must not require any adjustments to aircraft engines or infrastructure."

In 2009, an Air France-KLM Boeing 747 completed a successful demonstration flight using a 50-50 mix of biofuel and jet fuel, reports the Associated Press.

Other airlines to have made similar test flights include Virgin, Air New Zealand, Air Japan and Continental Airlines.

Air travel is responsible for about three percent of greenhouse gases, and that figure is rising, AP reports.

In response to new pollution limits, beginning in 2012, the European Union will require airlines to cut their CO2 emissions by three percent on flights to the continent.

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