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The Air France's environmental management is translated by a politics, an organization and an approach dedicated to environment in the global strategy.

Corporate Policy

Air France environmental policy aims to limit the impact of the Company’s activities with a view towards its long-term development.

Air France implements a four-pronged policy aimed at developing its aviation activity without increasing noise energy and limiting the growth in its emissions, complying strictly with regulations and communicating transparently.

Air France’s commitments

The following initiatives are currently underway: 

  • Air France achieved certification in July 2008 and continues its efforts to minimize its environmental impacts, notably through the efficient operation of its EMS which benefits from a coherent Corporate Action Plan, and which is implemented by all entities.

  • Total noise energy continues to fall while traffic is rising,

  • Environmental impacts are systematicallyevaluated, 

  • The best practices that are technically and economically feasible for our environment are followed when renewing the fleet. New aircraft are quieter and produce less CO2 than those they replace,

  • Special action plans are carried out when environmental risk makes it necessary. Air France prioritizes anticipation and prevention in environmental affairs,

  • Air France rehabilitates operating sites when it leaves them,

  • Staff are fully involved in implementing environment-friendly practices. Initiatives that factor environmental awareness into process improvement are encouraged,

  • We maintain a dialogue with all stakeholders, including administrations, elected officials, citizens’ associations and partners, so that they are fully and transparently informed about the results of our actions,

  • Air France encourages its partners, service providers and suppliers to implement actions that encourage environmental protection. 

A dedicated organization

The Group has opted for a decentralized organization, built around a network of coordinators that involves as many staff members as possible.

The Environment and Sustainable Development Division:

  • coordinates actions from different Divisions and manages the Environment via a cross-functional network of Environment coordinators in accordance with ISO 14001

  • oversees the Monitoring Committee for environmental action plans that brings together operational units and subsidiaries, with the aim of coordinating and monitoring environmental action plans, and takes any measures needed to ensure the success of the policy;

  • provides advice and support for implementing environmental efforts in different functions and undertakes appropriate compliance-checking actions with the support of Quality units;

  • discloses all major environment-related events and, where necessary, sets up crisis management facilities;

A network of coordinators

The network of Environment and Quality-Safety-Environment (QSE) coordinators is responsible for cascading environmental goals across the company.

The QSE Club of QSE coordinators in Air France business sectors, meets regularly, to provide the Environment network with relevant Quality methods and tools.

Implementation-centric approach

Air France has an action plan for implementing its environmental policy. It counts on employee involvement as the driver of change. To ensure continuous improvement, monitoring actions assess what has been accomplished so that corrective measures can be taken when necessary.

A portfolio of qualified action plans

The Air France action plan forms part of a broad vision of corporate responsibility in society as a whole. It aims to:

  • optimize the resources and methods for continuous improvement, by giving priority to the integration of Quality-Safety-Environment (QSE) aspects and developing environmental indicators,

  • involve Company employees in controlling environmental impacts,

  • include suppliers and service providers in this approach,

  • dialogue with partners to optimize the impact of ground-based activities.

An example with Villeneuve le Roi at Orly

Operating divisions, together with Air France subsidiaries, have developed their own environmental action plans in light of Group objectives


An action plan monitoring committee

During each committee session, departmental coordinators comment on any deviation from the company’s environmental action plan targets, or from their own department’s action plan.

Members then agree on new avenues of progress and continue with the action plan. The organization is adapted to division needs.

In 2003-2004, for example, the Ground Operations Division has set up the first environmental action plan applied first by 63% of its entities (14 destinations in the French regions, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly).

Launched in 2005, the Environment plan at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, which involves over 7,300 people, is based on a study of the environmental impact of ground operations. The work carried out here will lead to the implementation of an environmental management system.

Employees as performance drivers

Air France wishes to mobilize all its employees around its environment agenda. Management has therefore set up a number of improvement initiatives which can involve everyone in the Company.

The Quality Innovation Programme (PIQ) at Air France Industries, for example, sparks employee creativity and motivation and contributes to customer satisfaction. It is based on the idea that each agent can come up with a feasible solution to a problem, however minor or major, encountered in their everyday work. In over 14 years, the PIQ has gathered more than 73,000 suggestions, proving that everyone can help boost the Company’s overall performance.