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  • June 2015

    Climate protection: Lufthansa Group leading the way, policy makers must offer stronger support

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group set a new record in efficiency in 2014, consuming only 3.84 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger kilometres. Policy makers are trying to support this development through various regulations. Yet numerous measures and missteps are having the opposite effect.

    Article Graphics: Lufthansa Group sets new record in efficiency, Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels

  • April 2014

    Current study shows: German aviation at a disadvantage in global competition

    A study by Prof. Dr. Bert Ruerup investigates political and business conditions for various airlines from Europe, the U.S., and Asia. The comparison shows that conditions in Germany are living up to international competition less and less as time goes by – a serious burden with far-reaching consequences for German airlines and international hubs in Germany.

    Article Graphic: Ruerup study

  • April 2014

    Emissions trading: Go-it-alone strategy straining EU airlines

    In early April, the European Parliament decided to limit emissions trading for aviation to intra-European flights only until the end of 2016, thus averting an international conflict for the timebeing.


  • January 2014

    Grand Coalition: Aviation policy must be given high priority

    The German federal government wants to strengthen aviation. The promises made must now be followed by actions. Transport-policy decisions taken in the new legislative session will significantly determine whether Germany continues to have a future as a leading aviation hub.

    Article Graphic: Damaging national go-it-alone approachComparison of long-haul-fleets, Comparison of margins

  • June 2013

    Climate protection: IATA showing the way

    A global sector like air transport needs global framework conditions.  The International Air Transport Association demonstrates how climate protection can be advanced worldwide – also in an appeal against regional measures taken unilaterally, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

    Article Graphic: EU hubs

  • May 2013

    Emissions trading: Distorting competition at the expense of the EU airlines

    The UN ICAO Assembly will meet in late September to discuss, among other things, the important issue of a draft global emissions levy.


  • January 2013

    Emissions trading: Distortion of competition harms Europe’s airlines

    The EU wants to limit the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation to intra-European flights until the end of 2013. That would result in a serious distortion of competition at the expense of the EU airlines. Network carriers like Lufthansa and Air France/KLM would be especially hard hit

    Article Graphics: Connecting passengers, Emissions trading hubs

  • October 2012

    Emissions trading: European airlines pushing for global agreement

    In September, government officials from Germany, France, Great Britain, and Spain jointly called on the EU to reinforce its efforts in finding a global solution for an emissions trading scheme. Given the serious distortion of competition and international opposition, a global arrangement through the UN ICAO is urgently necessary.

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  • July 2012

    EU Emissions trading: Opposition persists

    International criticism over the EU Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation is growing ever fiercer. In a recent example, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called it a “lousy policy,” offering up his assessment of the emissions trading scheme.

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  • April 2012

    Emissions trading: High time to avert a trade war

    Half the world opposes the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and is taking Europe's aviation industry hostage – the situation urgently calls for negotiations instead of escalation.

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  • December 2011

    Emissions trading: Global solution instead of international conflict

    Starting 2012, the aviation sector is to be included in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.  Meanwhile, half the world is up in arms against the project - the negotiations must be intensified to resolve the conflict.
    Article: PDF Graphic: Efficiency

  • October 2011

    Emissions trading: Harsh criticism across the entire globe

    Starting January 2012, all flights taking off and landing in Europe are to present emission allowances.  On the eve of the launch, numerous non-European states are now expressing fierce opposition.  In the interest of climate protection and fair competition, the EU must stay its course and refuse to grant exemptions.

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  • April 2011

    Emissions trading: No half measures

    Emissions trading will launch for EU aviation in 2012. Yet problems are mounting: The EU directive is being interpreted inconsistently, the allocation of free emissions allowances is evidently distorted, and it is utterly unclear how reluctant third states and airlines can be brought on board - should we say good-bye to neutrality in competition?

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  • December 2009

    EU Emissions trading: Europe headed down a dead end

    Starting in 2012, airlines landing in the EU will have to submit allowances for their carbon emissions.  It is already clear now that the provision systematically places European airlines at a disadvantage.

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  • July 2009

    UN Climate Change Conference: Airlines fighting for global concept

    IATA member airlines, which account for over 85 percent of global aviation, are vigorously fighting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more must be done to bolster airlines in their efforts to implement this ambitious agenda.

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  • April 2009

    Emissions trading: Seizing opportunity for global approach

    For years, the EU has been missing out on an opportunity to include the aviation industry in a global emissions trading system and has instead focused on a solution limited to the EU. But in December 2009, policy makers will finally have to commit: At the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, participating countries will have to find a global solution.

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  • December 2008

    Single European Sky: Declaration of intent must be followed by action

    By 2012, EU air navigation services are to operate on the basis of nine airspace blocks. So far, the participating countries have signed an as yet nonbinding declaration of intent in November 2008 for merely one single block. Much remains to be done to finally breathe life into the Single European Sky following decades of discussion.

    FABEC – Heart of EU Aviation
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  • September 2008

    Emissions trading: Serious distortion of competition for EU airlines

    Emissions trading makes flying over Europe more expensive and longer routes over the Gulf states cheaper – thus resulting in more carbon emissions. To prevent European aviation from being entirely left out of the global competition for air passengers, fairness, reliability, and common sense must be brought back into EU climate policy.

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  • December 2007

    Implementing emissions trading worldwide

    The EU Commission is taking the wrong approach in its plan to include flights taking off to and from Europe in the emissions trading system. Such a partial solution will not help the climate. If the EU is serious about reducing carbon emissions caused by air transport, it should follow the recommendation of the ICAO and do everything in its power to implement emissions trading at the global level.

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  • October 2007

    Comprehensive approach is the best recipe for success

    The European aviation industry is investing billions in fuel-efficient aircraft, research projects for climate protection and even more efficient traffic concepts. The aim is to conserve jet fuel and thus make an active contribution to climate protection – a comprehensive approach which must be backed up by public policy.

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  • March 2007

    Air transport and environmental protection are not a contradiction

    In the aviation industry, environmental protection is the top priority. Since 1970, Lufthansa has cut average kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers by 70 percent. The continuation of this success story is guaranteed thanks to the investment of billions of euros in fuel-efficient aircraft. In this way, we are able to realise more than half of our growth without additional burdens on the environment. And if air transport received sufficient support from the political forces, it could further increase this performance.

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  • December 2006

    Single European Sky more effective than Emissions Trading

    European aviation could avoid 8-12 percent of its CO2 emissions in the near future. How? By finally giving the Single European Sky an effective structure. Instead, European politicians are continuing their preparations to include civil aviation in an isolated Emissions Trading System. Why expand bureaucracy yet again when the Single European Sky would lead to significant cuts in emissions in the short-term?

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  • September 2006

    Emissions Trading: Global solutions for a global issue

    The EU intends to involve European airlines in the trade of emissions rights – although more efficient climate protection can be achieved in a different way: Four suggestions to advance climate protection in aviation without putting Europe at a disadvantage in global competition.

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  • July 2006

    Climate protection in civil aviation: Market economy instead of regulation

    By continuously investing in state-of-the-art aircraft, Lufthansa has cut its kerosene consumption per passenger by 30 percent since 1990 – now, additional regulations and burdens on airlines threaten the very efficiency that is so decisive for climate protection.

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  • April 2006

    Trading emissions rights: Open questions, missing bases

    EU Environmental Commissioner Stavros Dimas is determined to include air transport in the system of trading emissions rights, as quickly as possible. Brussels intends to present the draft for a directive by the end of 2006.

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  • February 2006

    European airlines should not be treated unfairly

    We need to protect our climate. Airlines are submitting specific, effective proposals to this end. Given the special features of air transport, however, individual EU member states must be not be allowed to adopt “go-it-alone” policies on emissions trading rights.

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  • September 2005

    EU environmental policy: Bringing climate protection and air travel into harmony

    According to a recent study by the European Commission, air transport could be included in the EU’s emissions trading system. The Commission aims to incorporate the results into its climate protection strategy for air transport.

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  • June 2005

    Innovation Instead of Activism

    Rolling back subsidies and implementing the Single European Sky will reduce emissions most efficiently

    Lufthansa supports the EU research project CARIBIC.
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