KLM’s CO2ZERO compensation service enables passengers to compensate for their flight-related carbon emissions and neutralise their flight’s carbon footprint.
How does CO2ZERO work?
KLM’s CO2ZERO enables passengers to engage in CO2-neutral travel by compensating for CO2 emissions from their flight(s). The actual level of CO2 emissions for each flight is calculated based on the type of aircraft used, the distance flown and the historical load factor of that specific flight. Passengers can select CO2ZERO during booking and manage this option through MyTrip.
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. Passengers who choose to compensate for the individual CO2 emissions produced by their flight now contribute to the “CO2OL Tropical Mix” reforestation initiative in Panama.
Some of our achievements:
- Over the past 10 years, more than 260,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been compensated via KLM’s CO2ZERO.
- The compensation has 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.
- 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.
- 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. So far, CO2ZERO has contributed towards the planting of 126,500 trees in Panama.
For further information and to make a booking with KLM, please contact your Travel and Transport Statesman team.