Ever since oil reached the $100 a barrel mark in 2008, airlines have started to experiment with biofuels derived from renewable resoures in an attempt to lower their energy costs while also reducing C02 emissions.

The latest is the Dutch airline KLM which today announced it is moving to biokerosene made from used cooking oil.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic started the trend in 2008 using a mixture of Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts. Since then a number of international airlines have followed suit (read here) exploring the use of organic municipal and agricultural waste, algae, jatropha, camelina, and palm oil.  10 airlines have committed to using organic waste from northern California as of 2015 to be blended 50/50 with kerosene. The airlines are Air Canada, American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Alaska Airlines, FedEx, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and US Airways.

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