KLM’s action plan

From short-term solutions to reduce CO2 and save energy today, to long-term objectives to develop new aircraft and cleaner, sustainable fuels for tomorrow. 

Reducing CO2

Fleet renewal -  KLM has upgraded to the newest Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft for intercontinental routes, which are up to 25% more fuel efficient than their predecessors. In addition, Cityhopper flights are switching to 10% more fuel-efficient Embraer jets.

Wing improvements - All of KLM’s Next Generation 737 aircraft are being fitted with vertical wingtips. These ‘Winglets’ improve aerodynamics, which saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions by about 3%.

Smart aircraft deployment – better use of aircraft saves fuel. For example, during the summer peak we employ a large Boeing 737 to fly passengers to Venice. In winter, when less people fly, we switch to the smaller Fokker 100. 

Better engine cleaning - A clean engine burns less fuel and emits less CO2. Engine washes are now part of our regular maintenance routine. 

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.

Controlling CO2

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The Emissions Trading System - KLM supports the formation of a European Emissions Trading System, in which emission rights can be bought and sold, also for the airline 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 neutral growth – KLM is working with the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Netherlands to lead by example and show how things can be done differently in the airline industry. This has resulted in the company’s promise to deliver CO2 neutral growth, which we will do by means of our reduction and compensation programmes. No other major airline has made such a step.

Carbon Compensation – Until the time arrives when CO2 emissions are avoidable, we will reduce the impact our service has on the climate by the best alternative – compensating CO2 emissions. 

Gold Standard Projects – The World Wide Fund for Nature favors Gold Standard projects for compensating emissions by investing in renewable energy projects, mainly in developing countries. On their advice, KLM accepts only the Gold Standard benchmark.

CO2 ZERO – Our compensation service for passengers is easy to use and the most effective within the airline industry in terms of CO2 reduction. That also makes it the easiest, most effective and least expensive option for you to fly CO2 neutral.