Environmental management

Environmental protection and sustainable development are high-priority goals of Lufthansa’s corporate policy. As long ago as 1996, the Executive Board approved Group-wide guidelines for environmental care. This made Lufthansa an environmental pioneer in the aviation industry. These guidelines, which are stringent for all employees and Group locations, are to ensure that all Lufthansa companies consistently pursue the shared goal of environmental protection and continuously improve environmental care.

In 2008 new perspectives until 2020 were presented. Therein 15 guidelines steer the path towards creating future mobility in a sustainable way for the environment and the climate. Among others it is essential to expand and improve the Group-wide environmental management.

Organization of the Group-wide environmental management

The Group Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG bears the full responsibility for the Group’s fulfillment of environmental protection tasks. In doing so, it is supported by theVice President Group Environmental Issues and his department, which coordinates Group-wide environmental goals, strategies and measures. In addition, he regularly coordinates environmental activities with the Environmental Issues Contact Partners at the Group subsidiaries, and develops and analyzes innovative environmental concepts – always in close cooperation with the departments concerned.

Since 1998 in the framework of the Environmental Forum environmental experts and members of the Group’s employee representation meet at least twice a year to share information on joint goals and activities as well as to coordinate strategies and new measures.

Systematic environmental management

All relevant processes and activities with an impact on the environment are systematically captured, documented and evaluated at the Lufthansa Group.

The information basis for environmental management at the Group level is the comprehensive environmental database, which each year captures and stores the current data concerning energy, kerosene and freshwater consumption, emissions, noise, waste, and wastewater. These are complemented by key personnel and performance data. Supported by this information, the environmental experts calculate key indicators, which they use to help improve Lufthansa’s performance in environmental protection on a continuous basis. All larger subsidiaries with environmental relevance have their own environmental department, an environmental commissioner or a contact person for this area. Thereby the Lufthansa Group demonstrates its leading position within the aviation industry. . .The long-term goal is to implement certifiable environmental management systems in all large Group companies by 2020.

Further information on the topic of environmental management can be found in the latest sustainability report Balance