High priority for environmental protection


Lufthansa established the goal of assuming its responsibility for the climate and the environment a long time ago. The environmental strategy 2020 was finally adopted in 2008. It provides 15 principles to guide Lufthansa’s continued development in terms of climate and environmental protection. The range of topics covered runs from emissions targets to the promotion of alternative fuels and optimisation of flight processes.

The Company is also committed to the continuous development of its environmental management. The Group’s own environmental database is a vital source of key data. It tracks all the operating activities and processes in the Lufthansa Group that have an impact on the environment. This allows us to retrieve a variety of key performance indicators and thus to measure the success of our environmental endeavours over time. As well as the core emissions figures for aviation – these include noise as well as gases – the data for energy and kerosene consumption as well as refuse, water and waste water are also gathered. On this basis our environmental experts work permanently to improve climate and environmental protection in the Lufthansa Group. The medium-term goal is to introduce a certifiable environmental management system at all the larger Group companies.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption (line chart)

We are still working hard to achieve our goal of reducing CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre (pkm) flown by 25 per cent compared with 2006 (110.5 g/pkm) by 2020. In 2011 the figure was 105.3 g/pkm – it therefore improved by 0.4 per cent year on year.

In 2011 the absolute volume of CO2 emissions produced by the Lufthansa Group’s transport operations was 28.4 million tonnes of CO2. This is a year-on-year increase of 6.7 per cent. At the same time, fuel consumption measured in litres per 100 passenger-kilometres flown was also reduced. The previous year’s figure of 4.20 l/100 pkm improved slightly by 0.4 per cent to 4.18 l/100 pkm. Additional, more detailed environmental performance indicators for the financial year 2011 can be found at www.lufthansa.com/responsibility from the middle of the year.

It is in Lufthansa’s own financial interest to reduce the level of fuel consumption. This enables fuel costs to be cut, which are one of the largest items in the Lufthansa Group’s income statement. Lower fuel consumption also mitigates the adverse financial effects that result from the Europe-wide emissions trading scheme in place from 2012. More information on emissions trading and our standpoint can be found in the chapter “Regulatory and other factors”.

Our website www.lufthansa.com/responsibility provides an overview of our environmental strategy including the 15 environmental principles and shows the status of individual projects and activities. From the middle of the year you will also be able to view other more detailed indicators for the financial year 2011 there.

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