KLM tops Dow Jones Sustainability Index, 15 years in a row

Its pledge to procure 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel makes it the world’s first
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Air France-KLM has topped the Airlines category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). This is the 15th consecutive year that Air France-KLM has been in the top three of the DJSI.

“We are pleased with this great ranking on the DJSI, which reflects the many initiatives KLM has undertaken to make air transport more sustainable,” said Pieter Elbers, KLM president & CEO.

“In 2018, KLM first managed to reduce its total level of CO2emissions, even though operations had grown. In so doing, KLM has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger by 17.3% compared to 2011. But we still have a great deal to do in terms of sustainability, which will remain a key area of investment and innovation for KLM. On top of that, it is important that stakeholders in our sector intensify cooperation and exchange best practices. Only by working collectively can the air transport sector make major strides forward in terms of sustainability.”

In June, KLM launched its “Fly Responsibly” initiative, for a more sustainable future for air transport. Consumers are invited to compensate for their share of CO2 emissions from their flight and companies are invited to compensate for business travel by way of the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme.  

KLM has invested in sustainable aviation fuel since 2009, but its pledge to procure 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel makes its the world’s first airline to purchase biofuel on such a major scale. From 2022, this sustainable aviation fuel will be produced at the first European factory for sustainable aviation fuel, which will be built in Delftzijl.

The DJSI applies a so-called “best-in-class” approach in acknowledging companies in diverse sectors that outperform competitors in terms of sustainability indicators. Every year, RobecoSAM invites more than 3,000 listed companies, including 800 companies in emerging markets, to report on their sustainability initiatives.

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