Air France-KLM places sustainable development
at the heart of its activities and operations, and mobilizes around four main objectives: reducing
its environmental footprint, factoring sustainable development into innovative products and services, promoting a responsible HR policy and contributing to the development of the territories where it has operations.
A resolute ambition: reconcile
the growth of air transportation
with a reduction in CO2 emissions
To reduce its own environmental footprint, Air France-KLM activates all the levers falling within its responsibility: fleet modernization, new flight procedures with lower CO2 emissions, prod- uct eco-design, reducing the weight of equipment embarked on board aircraft, etc. For several years the Group has also been investing in the use of bio-fuel, an innovative solution to achieving its ambitious goals on reducing environmental impacts.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines,
a bio-fuels pioneer
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has been pioneering the use of bio-fuels
for many years. In May 2014, the company inaugurated a new series of flights powered by bio-fuel produced by ITAKA(1) and supplied by SkyNRG. For a six-month period, these exceptional flights operated with an Airbus A330-200 linked Amsterdam-Schiphol with Aruba and Bonaire. These two islands are targeting a neutral carbon footprint by 2020 while KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is aiming to reduce its CO emissions by 20%. Within the frame- the Future, Air France demonstrates its ambitions of building, for and with its customers and part- ners, a form of travel which is more respectful of the environment. The Group is also lobbying the public authorities to promote the development of an “aviation bio-fuels” industry in France.
Air France flights powered by bio-fuel
In September 2014, Air France inaugurated a series of weekly flights operated until November 2015 linking Toulouse and Paris-Orly and powered by bio-fuel. The bio-fuel used on this route is Farnesane, a blend of conventional fossil fuel with a maximum of 10% Farnesane bio-fuel. Manufactured(2) by Total and its partner Amyris, Farnesane is derived from sugar cane fermenta- tion. Analysis of its life cycle and sustainability has concluded that its use could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% relative to kerosene of fossil origin. Furthermore, by fulfilling sustaina- bility criteria, Farnesane production does not com- pete with the food chain.
This innovative initiative marked the launch of the Lab’line For the Future operation, an innovation showcase at the service of sustainable develop- ment on the Toulouse-Paris-Orly route. For over a year, events have been taking place to present Air France innovation in this area. With Lab’line For
(1) ) Initiative Towards SustAinable Kerosene for Aviation: a consortium of large aerospace and fuel companies producing sustainable bio-fuel for aviation.
(2) Farnesane production is certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials, (ASTM) for use in the air transportation industry and by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the sustainability criteria, two verification and standards bodies that are internationally recognized.