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Happy Earth Day from KLM

April 23, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

KLMAlong with Air France, the Air France-KLM group was named by The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as the world leader in the “Airlines” category for the tenth consecutive year and the world leader in the “Transport” category for the sixth time in September 2014.

KLM is the leading airline in biofuel. One of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions from air transport is by powering aircraft with sustainable biofuel. If biofuel were to be broadly used, the reduction in CO2 could be as high as 80 percent. That means biofuel is more sustainable than the standard fossil fuel currently used in air transport.

One of the spearheads of KLM’s corporate social responsibility drive is to reduce its ecological footprint. Under the banner “Smart Energy,” KLM aims to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger by 20 percent in 2020 (compared to 2011). Stimulating the development of biofuel is one aspect of this effort.

KLM is constantly seeking ways to reduce the impact of operations on the environment, with technical measures such as fleet renewal and more efficient flight operations. Because no new breakthroughs in the development of solar energy and energy storage are anticipated in the near future, flying on sustainable biofuel is the best alternative. It will make the biggest contribution to reducing our CO2 emissions.

KLM started up a market for sustainable biofuels. Take a look at the brief timeline of KLM’s biofuel accomplishments to date.

  • 2009 – First biofuel demonstration by KLM
  • 2011 – Biofuel flights from Amsterdam to Paris
  • 2012 – Longest flight with biofuel from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro
  • 2013 – Biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam
  • 2014 – Biofuel flights between Amsterdam and Aruba and Bonaire

This is just the beginning. Please let me know if you would like to learn more about KLM’s biofuel plans or sustainability initiatives or visit

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