Today’s Solutions: November 30, 2022

The oldest airline in the world, KLM, turned 100 years old last week. Rather than celebrate its past, however, the Dutch airline doubled-down on its commitment to making the airline industry cleaner and smarter.

The airline is already known for using biofuel as a greener alternative to kerosene-baed fuels, reducing its carbon emissions by up to 85 percent since it started the practice in 2011. To expand its use of biofuels, KLM is in the process of building the world’s largest biofuel plant in the Netherlands. KLM also has a working carbon-offset program called CO2ZERO, which allowed 90,000 passengers in 2018 alone to compensate for their impact—about 40,000 tons of CO2—by supporting reforestation initiatives in Panama.

Meanwhile, on the airplane itself, the company hopes that by producing less waste through the use of more recyclable elements in catering and repurposing materials, like old uniforms, to generate limited-edition products or refurbish areas of the aircraft, it will reach its goal of reducing residual waste by 50% by 2030. Much of the airline’s plastic byproducts have been recycled and reused for 3D printing materials, such as tools for aircraft maintenance.

Still, KLM recognizes these significant efforts aren’t enough, considering the urgency of the climate crisis. For that reason, KLM is attempting to reinvent the airplane with the help of TU Delft, a world-renowned technical university. Together, they are creating a Flying-V, an aerodynamic, fuel-efficient concept, that would integrate passenger seats and cargo into the wings of the plane and use 20% less fuel than a current Airbus A350. 

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

The Domino effect: pizza place splurges on electric delivery fleet

Domino's Pizza is investing in a fleet of 800 electric Chevrolet Bolts painted in Domino's livery to supplement its understaffed driving crew. As the ...

Read More

Germany is turning 62 Cold War military bases into sanctuaries for wildlife

Wildlife in Germany will get a quarter more land to roam over, as the country’s government has decided to turn 62 unused military bases ...

Read More

The case for shifting to a four-day workweek for post-pandemic life

At The Optimist Daily, we’re putting a lot of focus on what the world can do after the pandemic to create a healthier, more ...

Read More

Try these yoga poses for deeper sleep

Yoga is a practice meant to boost mindfulness and physical wellness, so it’s no surprise that it can also improve sleep. If you’re one ...

Read More