KLM compensates for CO2 emissions

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13 July 2007, AMSTERDAM - KLM is going to invest in sustainable energy projects to compensate for the build up in greenhouse gas CO2 caused by the increasing number of flights.

13 July 2007

AMSTERDAM - KLM is going to invest in sustainable energy projects to compensate for the build up in greenhouse gas CO2 caused by the increasing number of flights.

Starting 1 September KLM will be compensating for a total of more than 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, a quantity equal to the growth the airline expects to see in the coming four years.

KLM and the World Nature Fund (WNF) made agreements on Friday on reducing and compensating for CO2 emissions.

This is the first time that an airline has signed a contract with a nature protection organisation to reduce the emission of CO2. The investments will be in sustainable projects primarily in developing countries.

It is expected that aviation in 2012 will be required to trade in emission rights. KLM is anticipating this development.

"Studies show that KLM is already performing 'best in class' compared to other companies when it comes to measures to reduce CO2. We have high ambitions and KLM is determined to hold on to its position as the best," says director Peter Hartman.

He is also focused on rapidly modernising the fleet and reducing fuel consumption. That should reduce the emissions per passenger by 3 percent in 2012, and by 17 percent in 2020.

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