net CO2 emissions
Air transport connects people, countries and cultures around the world. Its economic importance is enormous, it drives employment and it ensures the fast and reliable flow of goods. At the same time, it has undesirable effects on climate and the environment. For the Lufthansa Group, this goes hand in hand with the responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities to the unavoidable minimum – in the air and on the ground.
We are convinced that travel makes the world a better place. That is why we are using all our expertise, energy and networks to make CO2-neutral flying a reality.
Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Responsible for Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility
The Lufthansa Group has set ambitious climate protection goals and aims to halve net CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 and to achieve a neutral CO2 balance by 2050. To further specify these net targets, it has joined the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to bring its CO2 reduction path in line with the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement. Based on scientific calculations, CO2 emissions will be continuously reduced with the help of fleet renewal and optimization, improved operational efficiency and the use of SAF. The official validation will take place in 2022.
Christina Foerster, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, responsible for Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility:
„We are convinced that travel makes the world a better place. That is why we are using all our expertise, energy and networks to make CO2-neutral flying a reality. Already by 2030, we want to reduce our net CO2 emissions by 50% compared to 2019, and by 2050 we want to reach CO2 neutrality. Although not all of the solutions currently exist, scientific and technological foundations are already in place and now, it is a matter of taking joint action. As a company, we have technical and operational expertise deeply rooted in our DNA. We set high standards for our industry and we have a great passion for flying. I am convinced that these qualities will allow us to break new ground together with our customers, partners and policymakers, while continuing to connect people, cultures and economies in the future- in a sustainable way.”
The most important driver for reducing CO₂ emissions from flight operations is investing continuously in modern, particularly fuel-efficient aircraft and engine technologies. At the same time, efficient concepts for take-off and landing are being implemented and the digitization of approach technologies advances.
Through targeted cooperations, the Lufthansa Group is vigorously advancing key technologies for the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). The focus is on kerosene based on waste materials, ligneous biomass and renewable electrical energy (Power-to-Liquid – PtL). Before the aircraft of the Lufthansa Group airlines can use alternative fuels, a number of basic requirements must be fulfilled. They include above all reliable quality specifications, sustainability in production and along the supply chain, and economic efficiency, of course.
By involving its customers as well, the Lufthansa Group wants to accelerate the transformation of the industry. The offset platform Compensaid, which the Lufthansa Innovation Hub launched in 2019, was refined and integrated into the flight booking process for all Lufthansa Group airlines in 2020. It can be used by travelers to substitute SAF for the fossil fuel required for their flight. In addition, The Lufthansa Group has partnered with the well-known carbon offset provider myclimate and with Climate Austria for Austria for more than ten years. The Lufthansa Group itself has been offsetting the carbon emissions of all employees’ business flights around the world since 2019.
The Lufthansa Group is continuously expanding its cooperations for an intelligent and efficient linking of different modes of transport. Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa already offer 134 daily feeder trains to Frankfurt Airport from 17 German cities. In the second half of 2021, another five cities will be added. In addition, new Sprinter connections will make their debut from December. The rail journey between Munich and Cologne will be shortened to less than four hours. From and to Munich and Nuremberg, there will be direct trains to Frankfurt Airport twice a day in three and two hours respectively, with no additional stops in between - half an hour faster than today and precisely timed with the departure and arrival times of flights at Lufthansa’s hub.
Economic measures to protect the environment are vitally important as long as sustainable aircraft fuel is not available in sufficient quantities. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), which was concluded with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in October 2016, seeks to offset growth-related CO₂ emissions in international air traffic using climate protection projects from 2021 onwards.
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for air traffic has managed and limited CO₂ emissions by way of certificate trading since 2012. All flights carried out by the Lufthansa Group within the European Economic Area (EEA) are subject to this system. Combining the EU ETS with the emissions trading scheme for Switzerland (CH ETS) means that as of January 2020 emissions certificates also have to be provided for flights between Switzerland and the EEA and for flights within Switzerland.
Since 2020, the Lufthansa Group has exclusively been purchasing green electricity in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. To this end, Lufthansa has acquired green power certificates, which guarantee the production of green electricity from new power plants, thus contributing to the expansion of renewable energy. As a further measure, the Lufthansa Group aims to reach CO2-neutral mobility on the ground in its home markets by 2030.
Corporate responsibility, that is to say sustainable and responsible entrepreneurial practice, is an integral part of our corporate strategy. It means that we are committed to creating added value for our customers, employees and investors and to meeting our responsibilities toward the environment and society.