Lufthansa has spelled out ambitious goals in its strategic environmental programme, specifying 15 guidelines to steer its path towards realisation of further
decisive progress in environmental efficiency by the year 2020. Lufthansa’s efforts on behalf of
environment and climate protection and social responsibility are documented in the
Group’s Sustainability Report “Balance”.
The 14th issue of the Report is scheduled to be published shortly.
“Lufthansa has in recent years succeeded in decoupling traffic growth from its
deleterious impact on the environment. Since 1991, half our traffic growth has been
achieved without any increase in
CO2 emissions. With the four-pillar strategy agreed with other airlines, we have
an effective and comprehensive concept for reducing emissions, whereby
standardisation of air traffic control
through implementation of a Single European Sky remains Europe’s single biggest
environment protection project. Our strategic environmental programme for
safeguarding mobility clearly demonstrates
that we are firmly intent on doing our share in the future in shouldering our
responsibility for environment and climate protection”, said Wolfgang Mayrhuber,
Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa
The 15 guidelines ensue from the internationally recognised four-pillar strategy,
which spans the entire range of practicable measures for protecting the climate in
the operation of air traffic. The
principle points of the strategic environmental programme are:
? Lufthansa expressly supports the IATA fuel-efficiency target and intends to reduce
its CO2 emissions per flown kilometer by 25 per cent by 2020 against the level in
? Lufthansa supports the ACARE target of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 per
cent by 2020 compared with the level in the year 2000.
? Lufthansa intends to increase the amount of bio-fuel admixed with conventional
kerosene up to ten per cent by 2020.
? Lufthansa supports ecologically-oriented incentive systems, which rest on an
economic and revenue-neutral basis, e.g. emission-based landing fees, which were
introduced earlier this year at
Frankfurt and Munich Airports.
? Lufthansa will continue to advocate within international organizations a
practicable solution for including air traffic in emissions trading.
? Lufthansa will further pursue diverse noise abatement measures and is cooperating
in related research projects designed to achieve the ACARE objective of halving
noise emissions by 2020.
Faced with increasing mobility needs, the air traffic industry must respond to
forthcoming challenges in environment protection policy. Environmental protection is
a tradition at Lufthansa and a
prime corporate objective. With its strategic environmental programme, the Group has
charted a road map for sustainable growth and profitability in the years to come.