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CO2 compensation and reduction

Published

17th May, 2012

The aviation industry is responsible for some 2 to 3% of the total CO2 volume caused by man, which is why KLM wants to be involved in the reduction of CO2 emissions in the aviation industry.

Best-in-class since 2007

Because of our programme of sustainability measures, we are leading the way in the industry. We are also proud to say that we have held the ‘best-in-class’ title (in comparison with airlines with a similar network) for many consecutive years, based on the benchmark established by the renowned and independent CE Delft consultancy.

Where the environment is concerned, KLM and AIR FRANCE both enjoy a leading position in the industry. For this reason, we have held the first place in the Dow Jones Sustainability index for the last seven years. We have done this by putting a number of the following measures in place:
  • Our environmental management system is fully ISO 14001 certified.
  • We organise passenger transport on the basis of a hub system. This makes it possible for us to transport more passengers on fewer flights, which has a direct positive effect on the volume of CO2 emissions.
  • We put various measures in place in day-to-day business processes to keep CO2 emissions to a minimum. These measures include fleet modernisation, fuel efficient flying, weight reduction on board, improved engine cleaning and energy savings on the ground.
  • We offer various CO2 compensation programmes for business and private transport.
  • We continue to invest in innovation. In collaboration with TU Delft (Delft University of Technology), KLM is working on the development of the CleanEra: an aircraft that is 50% more efficient and produces 50% less noise. The expectation is that this aircraft could be flight-ready in about 2025.

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