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The WWF and KLM: A sustainable alliance
Climate change is a threat to man and the planet alike. We know that CO2 emissions play a crucial role in this situation. The World Wide Fund for Nature has set itself the task of calling a halt to this process. KLM endorses this objective and has been a WWF partner since 2007.
Climate change is largely a result of CO2 emissions, which are caused by the use of fossil fuels. If we do not take action to rectify this situation, a third of all life forms on earth will be threatened with extinction before the end of this century. There is no one party that will be able to address this problem by itself. Collaboration between NGOs, companies and governments is the only way to make sure that what we do actually counts.
Partners with a challenge
In October 2011, Camiel Eurlings, Managing Director of KLM, signed a contract relating to a next step in its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature The Netherlands. Eurlings: “Together we strive to make the aviation industry more sustainable. This will go beyond the measures that we are putting in place at KLM. We are also trying to create a broad dialogue platform in which governments, companies and consumers are able to unite.
100% sustainable energy supply in 2050
The aviation industry is responsible for some 2 to 3% of the total CO2 volume caused by man, which is why KLM wants to play an active role in the reduction of CO2 emissions in this industry. We are working with WWF-NL to contribute to the achievement of a 100% sustainable energy supply in 2050. As it is impossible to imagine today’s society without flying, it is important for KLM to take responsibility and put concrete measures in place with the objective of minimising the impact on nature and the environment.
Ambitions for WWF-NL and KLM
The partnership between KLM and the World Wide Fund for Nature The Netherlands is a special one. By joining forces, we are able to make a real difference and, by doing this, play a role in making the aviation industry more sustainable.
WWF-NL has set itself the task of achieving a 100% sustainable energy supply in 2050. We would like to contribute to the achievement of this objective. Together, we will work towards making the aviation industry more sustainable, by improving CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency, for instance. However, investment in innovation – like sustainable biofuels – is vital if the objectives are to be met. What will this actually involve?
KLM has expressed the ambition for 1% of the fuel used by its fleet to be sustainable biofuel in 2015. This may not seem like a very high figure, but it will make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions on more than 100.000 flights per year. The first biofuel flights are already a reality.
KLM also wants to retain its ‘best in class’ according to study by CE Delft position for CO2 and fuel efficiency. To do this, KLM’s ambition is to achieve 20% CO2 and fuel efficiency for each tonne transported/kilometre in 2020 (in comparison with 2009).
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