AFKL Sustainability Report 2018


The Air France - KLM Sustainability report 2018 is publised and contains everything about the developments and results in the field of sustainability of KLM and Air France over the past year.

These are some of the results achieved by KLM in 2018:

1,318 tonnes of sustainable biofuel purchased
All of KLM’s flights from Angeles to Amsterdam have been partly fuelled using biofuel since 2016. This means that up to and including 2018, around 1,500 flights have been powered by a biofuel mix. In May 2018, KLM launched its most sustainable route Växjö. For this purpose, 5% biofuel was purchased and the remaining CO2 emissions compensated. At this point in time, KLM is the only European airline operating intercontinental flights using sustainable biofuel. And, as announced on the 27th of May, KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy have joined forces to establish the first European production facility for sustainable aircraft fuel (SAF).

17% fewer CO2 emissions
In 2018, CO2 emissions per passenger were reduced by 17.3% compared to 2011. The target for 2020 is to reduce our CO2 emissions per passenger by 20% compared to 2011. KLM distinguishes three pillars to reduce its CO2 flight footprint:

  • reduce fuel consumption;
  • replace fossil fuel and compensate for CO2 emissions;
  • fleet renewal. At present, fleet renewal is contributing most: new aircraft are more fuel-efficient and therefore emit less CO2.

Coupled with measures adopted by KLM to promote more efficient flight operations, the new aircraft generate fuel savings of between 35% and 40%. We will be taking another significant step towards achieving our target with our current order of new Dreamliners.

9.4 million sustainable sandwiches served on board European flights
KLM aims to offer sustainable catering products by making product choices with integrity. We choose products that have the least possible impact on the environment, support fair trade and are produced in an animal-friendly manner. Our catering policy applies to all flights operated out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Wherever possible, our catering also includes sustainable products from our destinations.

18% reduction in CO2 emissions from ground processes
By 2020, KLM aims to reduce CO2 emissions from ground processes by 20% compared to 2011. This reduction will be achieved by using less electricity, gas and fuel. By the end of 2018, CO2 emissions from operational processes on the ground had been reduced by 18% compared to 2011. One of the areas we are focusing on relates to the further replacement of vehicles for ground handling with electrical alternatives. At present, 49% of KLM’s ground handling equipment is electric and 12% hybrid.

We are also continually on the lookout for opportunities to simply use less energy. As such, gas and electricity consumption has fallen by 19% since 2011.

Around 312 hectares of tropical forest created by close to 90,000 passengers through CO2ZERO
In 2018, close to 90,000 passengers flew CO2 neutral thanks to KLM’s CO2ZERO compensation service. This represents an increase of almost 50% compared to 2017. The contribution generated by CO2ZERO is invested in a reforestation project in Panama called CO2OL Tropical Mix. This project has been recognised with a Gold Standard for the Global Goals certificate, taking former meadowlands and transforming them into new mixed forests and subsequently maintaining them. The project has both a positive impact on the environment and creates jobs.

9% less waste compared to 2011
In 2018, the volume of waste was reduced by 9% and 28% was recycled. Waste on board was reduced by 19% per passenger. Due to strict legislation governing food safety, we can recycle practically nothing on intercontinental flights, while 73% of waste from ground operations is recycled! By 2030, KLM aims to reduce the volume of waste by 50% compared to 2011.

New sustainability ambitions formulated for 2030

KLM is well on the way to achieving its 2020 targets and is already looking further ahead. Towards 2030, the KLM Group aims to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 15% compared to 2005. That is a reduction of 50% CO2 per passenger-kilometer compared to 2005. We also set the ambition to realize a CO2 neutral ground operation and to reduce the residual waste by 50% compared to 2011.

You can find out more about everything KLM does in terms of sustainability on the KLM Takes Care platform. Or check out the “Sustainability at a Glance” factsheet for 2018.