There is growing international concern about climate change. Attitudes towards the acceptability of air transportation growth are changing both at political level and in terms of wider society, while we are witnessing the occurrence of increasingly‑extreme climate events. Both France and the Netherlands have implemented policies to ensure the transition to a zero‑carbon society by 2050. Air France – KLM’s development will depend on its ability to significantly reduce its environmental footprint.

We reduce our environmental footprint by improving our operations and processes, partnering and innovating in the supply chain and by mobilizing our staff and the industry.

L’investissement dans d’autres projets sur la connaissance et la conservation de la biodiversité contribue également à comprendre le dilemme associé aux services écosystémiques comme à la production des biocarburants durables. Si certains types de biocarburants destinés au transport routier peuvent avoir un impact négatif sur la biodiversité, le groupe Air France - KLM veut garantir l’utilisation de carburants aéronautiques durables qui ont l’impact le plus faible sur l’approvisionnement en nourriture, la biodiversité et un impact positif sur le développement local.


In 2008, we introduced our first Climate Action Plan to reduce our carbon footprint. In 2019, we tightened ambitions and set ourselves targets for 2030. The approach consists of seven main mitigating priorities, for which targets have been identified and action plans implemented:

  • Fleet modernization and contributing to aeronautical research
  • Sustainable Aviation Fuel and participating in research into renewable energies
  • Operational measures
  • Supporting the implementation of the global climate agreement (CORSIA) with a fair contribution for aviation
  • Regulatory and proactive offsetting
  • Supporting environmental programs
  • Carbon offsetting for customers


International agreements

Aviation’s contribution to man-made greenhouse gas emissions is between 2 and 3%. However, if no action is taken, with the expected growth in global air traffic, aviation’s contribution will increase over the coming decades. To avoid air traffic growth contributing to an increase in CO2 emissions, the aviation industry was the first  sector to define long-term reduction targets and to set up a global carbon offsetting scheme  within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). We support the 2050 ambition of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% compared to 2005, and support the implementation of CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation)  to guarantee carbon-neutral growth in global air transportation from 2020.

International aviation is not explicitly included in the national plans resulting from the  Paris Climate Agreement. Instead, ICAO is responsible for aligning industry goals with the targets as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement. In the Energy Technology Perspectives 2017, the International Energy Agency considers that the airline industry’s target for 2050 is in line with the 2°C scenario if offsetting is excluded and all well-to-wheel emissions are included.

National agreements

During the Paris Air Show in June 2019, we reaffirmed our commitment, alongside all the French air transportation players –  Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), ADP Group, Fédération Nationale de l’Aviation Marchande, Union des Aéroports Français – to combatting climate change.

With an open letter published on June 29, 2019, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines reached out to stakeholders in aviation to join forces in the development of sustainable solutions for the industry. Under the name ‘Fly Responsibly’, KLM invited airlines, partners, customers and employees alike, to share in KLM’s existing sustainability practices and tools, and provide KLM with their respective insights in return.

After the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM together with the DSGC (Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition) set up a Green Recovery Statement. In this statement more than 250 companies plead to take sustainability as a cornerstone of their Covid-19 recovery plan. It was stated that the United Nation SDG’s can function as a guideline in deciding how to spend the money from the recovery funds.

In 2018, the Dutch airline industry presented the “Smart and Sustainable” plan of action to make aviation more sustainable. Twenty transport organizations and knowledge institutions joined forces to accelerate existing developments that will make aviation more sustainable. The ambition is to reduce total CO2 emissions from the Dutch airline industry to the level of 2005.