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Waste production

AMBITION 2020: 20% ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT for Air France-KLM Group (baseline 2011)


Air France aims to reduce energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and increase the use of sustainable energy for its buildings, offices and warehouses.

The actions are based on 4 items:

- Re-think

- Reduce

- Re-use

- Recycle


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At Air France, the target to reduce energy consumption applies to all divisions through annual objective contracts.

The goal in 2015 is to reduce energy consumption by 2% compared to 2014.

To achieve this objective, the IT Operations division that manages two data centers has upgraded its site in Valbonne by combining energy efficiency, innovation in sustainable development, with cost and carbon footprint reduction.

Suppliers play a key role with regards to saving energy. The Maintenance division, which operates in large hangars, signed an energy supplier contract in 2013, including an annual target to reduce energy used by heating by 12.5% (at constant unified degree days).

At the end of 2014, the goal had not only been reached, but went on to be more than doubled, achieving a 30% reduction.




Water and soil pollution


As an airline, the most significant water consuming divisions are catering (accounting for about 45% of total water usage), and engineering and maintenance (25%).

Since 2010 in France, a 20% reduction in water use has been achieved (Continental France and overseas territories).


Reducing water consumption requires innovation.



Air France Industries uses the “EcoShine” method to clean the exterior of aircraft.By using pads, this process uses 100 times less water than the previous system: 100 liters to clean a Boeing 777, rather than 10,000 liters previously. This has resulted in water savings of 8 million liters, reducing the need to treat wastewater.

The product used to wash Air France aircraft, as part of the Ecoshine procedure is non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable, it conforms to European environmental directives and means that cleaning teams can work without the need for Individual Protection Equipment. Because the system does not use water, Aéroports de Paris has authorised its use on aircraft at ramps and even on aircraft connected to a jetbridge.




Since winter 2010, Air France has been using a de-icing product that is less polluting and biodegrades more quickly. This is also the case for the 100% biodegradable de-icing product that has been used on ground equipment at Orly for the past three years, which is undergoing testing this winter at the CDG hub.

Before any repairs are carried out on Air France equipment, the equipment is routinely cleaned. Since 2010, the Orly base has been using a new cleaning product whose composition is less harmful to people and to the environment (caustic potash-free), which reduces pollution of water used for cleaning.




Air France Cargo has put in place measures such as the physiochemical processing of water used to wash batteries and has built a dedicated facility for hazardous merchandise in order to contain flammability and water and soil pollution risks.

Local emissions

► Ground vehicles and equipment at the airport

About 50% of Air France’s ground equipment fleet is electrically powered, in line with targets for 2020. For the purchase of new material, electrically powered equipment has priority.
The entire current fleet of Ground Power Units has been modified so that equipment shuts down automatically after 15 minutes when not connected to an aircraft. The fl eet of loaders has also been modifi ed so that equipment shuts down automatically after 30 minutes of non-usage.


►  Light vehicles and trucks

The contracts Air France-KLM Cargo signs with road haulage companies now include clauses on monitoring carbon emissions. Air France-KLM Cargo is also looking into reducing its carbon footprint through the use of natural gas-powered trucks, which are currently being tested at Schiphol.

Air France’s Business Travel Plan has actively worked to reduce emissions caused by commuting in the Paris region since 2007 and was further trengthened with the setting up of open, shared offices at CDG and Paray (close to Orly). This year, the initiative has taken a new dimension with agreement on an ‘Inter-Business Travel Plan’ (PDIE) at Roissy-CDG.