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CO2ZERO’s facts and figures
As KLM’s CO2 compensation service, CO2ZERO enables our passengers to compensate for their share of the CO2 emitted during their flight. We started CO2ZERO in 2008, time to share some facts & figures.
What have we achieved together so far?
- In 2008, KLM was one of the few airlines with its own carbon footprint compensation service. Over the past 11 years, around 200.000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been compensated via KLM’s CO2ZERO.
- In 2018, 88.000 passengers travelled CO2 neutral with KLM’s CO2ZERO service. There is was a 50% increase in the number of passengers who compensated compared to 2017.
- Since October 2017, KLM invests the compensation funding in a reforestation project in Panama, called the ‘CO2OL Tropical Mix’. This project transforms former pastures into new forests consisting of a mix of tree species and a variety of ecosystems. The project combines the protection of biodiversity and the restoration of ecosystems with sustainable wood production (FSC-certified) and sustainable cocoa production (UTZ-certified). In addition to the environmental benefits, the project also provides 150 jobs with a fixed income and good labour conditions, offering workers a basic education and training in sustainability and ecological alternatives. This ensures that local workers can improve their standard of living and hone their skills and knowledge.
- Before, the contribution has mainly been invested in cooking stoves in African countries like Ghana, Mali, Uganda and Kenya. As a result, around 50,000 African families were given better stoves over the past ten years.
- KLM only invests the compensation funding in projects that are certified within the Gold Standard of the Global Goals. The reforestation project in Panama contributes to the following Sustainable Development goals: ‘Decent work and Economic Growth’ (8), Responsible Consumption (12), Climate Action (13), and Life on Land (15).
How does CO2ZERO work exactly?
KLM’s CO2ZERO enables passengers to engage in CO2-neutral travel by compensating for CO2 emissions from their flight(s). This can be done when booking or via MyTrip on the KLM website before they’ll make their flight. KLM invests these compensation funds in CO2 reduction projects certified with the Gold Standard for Global Goals. These projects do not only reduce CO2 emissions, but also promote local sustainable development. Each project contributes to at least two Sustainable Development Goals.
How do we calculate your CO2 emission?
The calculations of CO2 emissions are made based on the type of aircraft, the distance flown and the historical load factor of a specific flight. The verification of the emission data and the methodology for calculating carbon emissions are carried out by an independent auditor.
How do we use your contribution?
We purchase so-called carbon credits from the project with the passenger investments. A carbon credit can be seen as a form of permission to emit greenhouse gases, which are then reduced or removed from the atmosphere through an emissions-reducing project. A reforestation project works as follows: newly planted trees absorb and store (sequester) carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from the atmosphere in their roots, stem and crown.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The United Nations have set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 SDGs help to coordinate and direct sustainable growth and investment, and ensure a greater focus on human rights, economic growth, peace and safety, and climate action. Which SDGs does KLM focus on? KLM primarily focuses on the SDGs it can best influence, such as ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’ (No. 7), ‘Decent work and Economic Growth’ (8), ‘Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure’ (9), ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ (No. 12), ‘Climate Action’ (No. 13) and ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ (17). In addition, we urge our suppliers to provide us with sustainable products and services.
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