Given the climate challenges facing society today, we feel that it is our responsibility to accelerate our environmental transition and become the leader of a more sustainable aviation industry. The decarbonisation strategy for our activities is primarily centred around reducing our direct and indirect CO₂ emissions, with a targeted reduction of 30% per passenger/km by 2030 (compared to 2019).
As part of its commitment to decarbonization the Air France-KLM Group is proud to gather experts for its SAF Masterclass on May the 30th, 2023.
Find out more about the program below:
Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Air France-KLM
Understanding the origins and stakes that make SAF a decisive decarbonization lever
Daniel Iracane, Academy of Technologies member
Antoine Laborde, Director Fuel Purchasing, Air France-KLM
Developing SAF production capabilities in France: where do we stand?
Anne Rigail, Chief Executive Officer, Air France
Sébastien Arbola, Executive Vice President in charge of Thermal Generation, Energy Supply activities, Engie
Cédric de Saint Jouan, President, Elyse Energie
Nora Susbielle, Head of the Climate, Emerging Topics desk, DGAC
Reaching 10% incorporation by 2030: what tools are needed to develop a European SAF production industry?
Marjan Rintel, President and Chief Execuitve Officer, KLM
Klaas Pel, Head of Public Affairs, Neste
Nicolas Jeuland, Avaition chair representative, Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuels Alliance (RLCF)
We have come up with three main levers to help us reduce our emissions :
Gradually replacing our aircraft with new-generation models that are cleaner and more fuel-efficient is one of our key measures:
- We aim to have 64% new-generation aircraft in our fleet by 2028
- 15% less CO₂ emissions on average are observed on new-generation aircraft
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is also one of the most promising levers that will help us to reduce our CO₂ emissions.
We already plan to use more than 10% sustainable aviation fuel on board our aircraft by 2030, exceeding the obligations set by the European Commission.
Our pilots already apply the most energy-efficient procedures whenever possible. Some examples of such procedures include detailed flight plans, adjusting speed, and optimising trajectories, landing configurations, and taxiing with a single engine.
As a true demonstration of our commitment to take real action to decarbonise our activities, we are now one of the first groups in the aviation sector to request validation of our strategy from the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – an independent international reference body.
Our other levers
Alongside the three levers mentioned above, the Air France-KLM Group also strengthens its commitment through complementary actions, such as ensuring a circular economy on board our aircraft and on the ground, improving the management of our waste throughout its life cycle, and reducing aircraft waste.
We are also taking action to limit our waste production and increase the amount of waste that we reprocess and recycle :
less non-recycled waste by 2030 (compared to 2011)
of our single-use plastic items were removed in 2021
of A340 decommissioned aircraft is recovered, reused, or recycled
A recent fleet, which is currently being renewed, with energy-efficient aircraft and/or aircraft powered by cleaner fuels
Electric runway vehicles and equipment
Optimised procedures on the ground: reduced taxiing time on a single engine, use of auxiliary power units (APUs) to ensure the operation of on-board systems
By integrating sustainable development into our activities and operations, we strive to support the Sustainable Development Goals (as defined by the United Nations) that fall within our sphere of influence.