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CO2ZERO’s facts and figures

Published

16th Apr, 2018

As KLM’s CO2 compensation service, CO2ZERO enables our passengers to compensate for their share of the CO2 emitted during their flight. This year, CO2ZERO celebrates its 10th anniversary, a great occasion to share some facts & figures

What have we achieved so far?

  1. In 2008 KLM was one of the few airlines with its own carbon footprint compensation service. Over the past 10 years, more than 260,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been compensated via KLM’s CO2ZERO.
  2. The compensation 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.
  3. One out of every 535 passengers travelled carbon-neutral with KLM’s CO2ZERO in 2017. There is a 50% increase in the number of passengers who compensated, from 40,000 in 2016 to 60,000 in 2017.
  4. 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.
  5. The CO2OL Tropical Mix Project replaces the Toyola Coalpot Project in Ghana. This project supplied improved charcoal burning stoves to families in Ghana. Thanks to the project, the country annually saves180kg of charcoal per head of the population. This reduces CO2 emissions by around 300,000 tonnes per year.
  6. 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.

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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