Partnering up to make flying more sustainable

Amsterdam-based airline Transavia has partnered with an Amsterdam Science Park research company to help reduce its carbon footprint. Transavia, headquartered at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, has signed an agreement with Bit to help develop sustainable innovations for the aviation industry.

Bit specialises in developing projects using next-gen tech, including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and robotics. The partnership’s first project will focus on whether the actual weight of aircraft and passengers can be determined using deep learning and infrared, helping to determine the optimal flight height and speed required to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

How Amsterdam is leading the way in sustainability

The new partnership is in line with Amsterdam’s eco-friendly attitude to doing business, which means it is regularly ranked highly in green surveys. This year, the city was named as one of Europe's greenest capitals as well as one of the world’s best green finance centres. Additionally, Amsterdam-based airline KLM committed to using sustainable aviation fuel earlier this year, while the Port of Amsterdam posted record profits after introducing several sustainable initiatives. Schiphol Airport was also recognised by the Airports Council International for reducing, managing and compensating its CO2 emissions.

Transavia’s commitment to going green

Transavia is aiming to become more sustainable by investing in fleet renewal, more efficient flying, engine washes and making fuel more sustainable. Transavia CEO Mattijs ten Brink said: “We are reducing CO2 emissions. In addition, we have activities on the ground, such as the use of solar panels, the use of green energy, grey water and electric vehicles.”

Bit, which is based at Amsterdam Science Park, is a research and prototyping studio made up of 50 tech students from around Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Speaking after the partnership was announced, Vincent Damen, Bit team member and a University of Amsterdam (UvA) alumnus, said: “It’s great to get this opportunity to contribute to making flying more sustainable. We are very curious about the results of the experiment and hope that together with Transavia we will take another step towards reducing CO2 emissions.”

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