Lufthansa publishes sustainability report

Lufthansa has published a new issue of its ‘Balance’ sustainability report giving a broad sweep of the group’s activities, the advances it has made and its future objectives in the environmental, business, societal and social fields.Since 1991, Lufthansa has steadily decoupled growth in transport performance from resultant CO2 emissions. While transport performance has increased by 232% over the past 17 years, fuel consumption has grown in the same period by only 121%. Thus almost half the growth in the group’s air traffic has been achieved without additionally burdening the environment.

In 2007, the actually average fuel burn in the Lufthansa fleet was exactly 4.32 litres per 100 passenger kilometres. Ongoing fleet renewal has contributed notably towards reducing specific fuel consumption. An aircraft, such as a Lufthansa Airbus A340-300, today burns around only 3.5 litres per 100 passenger kilometres.

Lufthansa has placed aircraft orders, worth around 14 billion euros at list price, in pursuance of fleet modernisation, which will further improve the group’s fuel efficiency. It has set its sights high in its new strategic environmental programme: Fifteen ambitious environmental objectives for sustainable development are spelt out in detail in the new issue of “Balance”.

The sustainability report 2008 contains another chapter on social commitment, manifested by the Cargo Human Care and HelpAlliance humanitarian aid initiatives or Lufthansa’s environmental and sports sponsoring activities. It also includes information on sustainability at SWISS.