KLM’s action plan

From short-term solutions to reduce CO2 and save energy today, to long-term objectives to stimulate the development of cleaner, sustainable fuels for tomorrow. 

Reducing CO2

Fleet renewal -  KLM has upgraded to the newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A330 aircraft for intercontinental routes, which are about 20% more fuel efficient than their predecessors. In addition, KLM Cityhopper flights switches to 10% more fuel-efficient Embraer jets.

Smart aircraft deployment –Optimizing flight processes better use of aircraft saves fuel. For example, during the summer peak we employ a bigger aircraft than during winter time due to the varying number of passengers.

Better engine cleaning - A clean engine burns less fuel and emits less CO2. An innovative way to clean engines is now part of our regular maintenance routine. Read more on klmtakescare.com.

Aircraft of the future - KLM is aiding research by the Delft University of Technology to develop a new aircraft that is 50% more efficient and 50% quieter. It could be ready to fly by 2025.


The use of sustainable biofuels - If the airline industry would switch to sustainable biofuels on a large scale, CO2 emissions could be reduced by up to 80%. KLM has been leading the way in pioneering the use of sustainable biofuels and stimulates the market to do so together with its partners. KLM only uses sustainable biofuels that are made of raw materials which are not at the expense of bio diversity and food security. Read more on klmtakescare.com.

Controlling CO2

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The Emissions Trading System - KLM takes part in a European Emissions Trading System, in which emission rights are bought and sold, also for the airline industry. Also, KLM is actively involved in reducing the rise of CO2 emissions by supporting effective climate policy worldwide. Hopefully, the first global sector organisation International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will take a stand in trying to regulate the rise of CO2 emissions caused by the aviation industry. The underlying principle - that the polluter pays - would act as a real incentive for the industry to limit emissions.


Single European Sky – KLM desires a single pan-European air traffic control authority, so flight paths can be plotted more efficiently. Flying from A to B more directly, without detours, could reduce emissions by as much as 12%.

Compensating CO2

CO2 ZERO – Our compensation service for passengers is easy to use and the most effective within the airline industry in terms of compensating for CO2. This service enables the passenger to fly CO2 neutral in an easy and effective way at low cost.

Gold Standard Projects – The proceeds of the CO2ZERO programme are being invested in Gold Standard Projects. The Gold Standard label, also initiated by WNF, sets the most stringent environmental requirements for CO2 compensation. It ensures direct investments in sustainable energy projects in less developed countries. A project must meet strict requirements, should contribute to the local community and use local workers. Read more on klmtakescare.com.