Lufthansa Group strives to lead the way in sustainable aviation by 2030

posted on 15th October 2019 by Eddie Saunders
Lufthansa Group strives to lead the way in sustainable aviation by 2030

The Lufthansa Group published its 25th sustainability report, providing insight into numerous aspects of the group’s goals, activities and advances in corporate responsibility. Since 1994, the Lufthansa Group has been strongly committed to limiting the environmental impact of its business activities throughout the world, as successful growth in passenger numbers also implies a growing sense of responsibility ensuring that future mobility is shaped in environmentally compatible ways.

The 2019 report reveals that the airlines spanning the entire Lufthansa Group not only increased their fuel efficiency by 30 per cent since 1994, but also set a new efficiency record in 2018: on average, the passenger airlines only used 3.65 litres of kerosene to fly a passenger 100 kilometres. This improvement of 0.8 per cent is the lowest figure recorded in the history of the company to date.

“Aviation brings many achievements for the modern world. There is no globalization without airlines. We are aware of the fact that the past years’ growth in passenger numbers also implies growing responsibility for us to ensure that future mobility will be shaped in environmentally compatible ways. We are investing billions in state-of-the-art aircraft that consume 25 percent less kerosene than their predecessors”, says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Group.

In 2019, all duty air travel for Lufthansa Group staff became CO2-neutral, with all CO2 emissions to be offset by a Swiss climate protection foundation, myclimate. All donations go towards certified climate protection projects that meet highest standards and make a positive contribution to sustainable development, in addition to CO2 reduction.

Additionally, The Lufthansa Group vows to convert all ground handling services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to CO2-neutral operations by 2030. This includes the conversion of cargo, catering and transfer vehicles to electric – or other emission-free systems – and the earliest possible purchase of 100 per cent green electricity.

Finally, the Lufthansa Group has also promised to significantly expand its social commitment, initially in through a series of new projects in Germany. These are proposed from the employees themselves and managed by help alliance, the Lufthansa Group’s charitable aid organisation.