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20% energy efficiency improvement for Air France-KLM Group (baseline 2011)

TARGET 2015 : 2 % reduction compared to 2014.

Les principaux impacts environnementaux d’Air France, outre ses émissions de CO2 et le bruit, sont les consommations d’eau, d’énergies, la production de déchets et les émissions gazeuses locales.

Air France a pour objectif de réduire sa consommation d'eau, d’énergie, d’améliorer son efficacité énergétique et d’augmenter la part des énergies renouvelables consommées dans ses bâtiments, ses bureaux et ses hangars.

Chez Air France, l’objectif de réduction de la consommation d’énergie s’applique à toutes les directions au travers des contrats d’objectifs annuels.

L’objectif 2015 est une réduction de 2 % par rapport à 2014.

Pour y parvenir, la direction Systèmes d’information qui gère deux data centers a modernisé son site de Valbonne dans une démarche alliant efficacité énergétique, innovation en matière de développement durable, réduction des coûts et de l’empreinte carbone.

Des mesures d’économie d’énergie sont mises en oeuvre en partenariat avec les fournisseurs. À la direction de la Maintenance qui opère dans de vastes hangars, un contrat de performance énergétique a été signé en 2013 avec un prestataire multi-technique, pour réduire la consommation de chauffage de 12,5 % (à DJU constant) par an.

Fin 2014, cet objectif a été non seulement rempli, mais a plus que doublé pour atteindre une réduction de 30%.


The main environmental impacts of Air France, apart from its CO2 emissions and noise, are water consumption, energy consumption, waste production and local gaseous emissions.

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


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.







The ‘EcoShine’ procedure, polishing using a biodegradable, recycled product has been extended to all long-haul aircraft this year. Applying the product requires a minimal amount of water compared with standard aircraft cleaning methods. From now on, all aircrafts in the fl eetwill be washed at CDG or Orly using this procedure, which will save 8 m3 of water per wash.

Hose nozzles with a fl ow rate of 10 litres per minute have been replaced with 3 litres per minute models, which has resulted in an 18% reduction in water consumption at Air France Maintenance’s Toulouse site, compared with usage in 2009.




In September 2010, Air France also committed to improving energy efficiency by signing the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Manifesto for energy efficiency in offices. Air France-KLM CSR report 2010-11.

As part of a High Quality Environmental (HQE®) initiative, the new 11,000m2 Constellation building at Orly, home to engine overhaul operations is equipped with a heat pump, a rainwater collection system, a solar powered water heater and a bed of plants inside the workshop which absorb oil odours. The building consumes 30% less energy than a conventional building.

Air France-KLM Cargo has also put energy effi ciency measures in place: by lowering the temperature from 22°C to 16°C in the cargo store at Orly, and by installing movement detectors to switch refrigerators on and off in the area used to store perishable cargo.