Route to CO2 reduction: how KLM commits to sustainable innovation

September 28, 2021

Even though KLM has made progress in the right direction, the organisation realises that a lot of work still has to be done. During this Virtual Round Table, we will touch on the journey of KLM and engage in conversation with peers. Feel free to participate!

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule
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Karel Bockstael

VP Sustainability

Karel is at KLM for over 30 years. He knows the airline’s ins and outs like no other. At first, Karel was responsible for various operational divisions within KLM. A few years back, he switched to the strategic development of KLM. He is responsible for the sustainability strategy for over 2 years now.



Hedwig Sietsma

Director Climate Policy

From her background in change management, Hedwig is responsible for the Climate Policy of KLM and is part of the Sustainability Office. In this role, she is responsible for setting up and execution of the policy that allow KLM to contribute to the climate agreements. To guide the partnership collaborations, her national and international experience is of great importance.



Aviation is excluded of Paris's climate agreement. However, KLM wants to contribute to the climate goals as being one of the most sustainable airlines in the word. This process will be discussed by Karel and Hedwig during this session.


15:55 | Call in at MS Teams meeting
16:00 | Start program with presentation and discussion
17:30 | End


Directors Sustainability, Transformation, Energy Transition & Operations

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  • Participants have to meet the previously described target audience.
  • If applicable, our partners will be presented with every application.
  • During all our sessions, the Chatham House Rule applies. This means that the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This means that no report, no photos and no recordings are made of the meeting. The presentation will also not be distributed to the participants afterwards.

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