Sustainable Aviation Fuel

This video was produced and published in 2019 before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.

The Lufthansa Group is investing billions in fuel efficient aircraft. This is the biggest lever to fly more efficiently. Each new generation of aircraft reduces CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent. But that alone is not enough to limit CO2 emissions. Air traffic is growing and continues to require fossil fuels.

Aviation is still a long way from an electric or hydrogen engine for large aircraft. The core problem is the lower energy density of batteries - and the storage of large quantities of hydrogen is still extremely complex.

The situation is different with Sustainable Aviation Fuel. It can easily be used in aircraft and is a real alternative to fossil kerosene. Find out more in the new fact check video.

Travelers can use the new platform to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

Further Information

Sustainable alternative fuels

The use of sustainable alternative fuels represents another step towards the air transport of the future. As it has a significantly lower net CO2 balance sheet value, it allows a sustainable reduction of emissions from flight operations. Following this approach, the conflict of objectives that arises from growing demand for mobility worldwide and finite resources of fossil fuels can be resolved. The Lufthansa Group undertook some pioneer work to this end in 2011, when it tested the use of biofuel in regular flight operations for about six months as a trial run in the context of the project “BurnFAIR – Potentials of alternative fuels in operational conditions”.


Aviation and CO2

What is the share of aviation in global man-made CO2 emissions? What are the options for reducing CO2 emissions? And what concrete measures is the Lufthansa Group taking to make flight operations as environmentally friendly as possible?