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Climate change is a subject that affects us all. Worldwide, the aviation industry accounts for 2-3% of CO2 emissions as a result of human activity.

KLM believes that it is vital, and entirely possible, to make aviation more sustainable. In consequence, it is taking on a leading role in the industry with respect to combating climate change.

Since 2008, KLM has had a Climate Action Plan in effect for the purpose of taking targeted steps to curb the impact of its operations on the climate. The goal is to reduce the CO2 emissions per passenger to 20% by 2020 (based on 2011 levels).

In order to achieve this objective, the airline is focusing on fleet renewal, efficient air operations and CO2 compensation in the form of purchasing carbon credits. For the mid-to-long term, KLM is investing in the use of sustainable biofuel.

Technological advances will be necessary in order to realise a breakthrough in cleaner aviation over the long term. Possibilities such as solar-powered or electric aircraft are not yet feasible today. KLM therefore encourages and facilitates scientific research aimed at new technologies. For instance: KLM supports TU Delft in developing the CleanEra, an aircraft that uses 50 per cent less fuel, produces half as much noise and could potentially be airborne around 2025.

Publication date : 28 November 2017