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Balance 2015 ENG - Strategy and management

The worldwide connections provided by air transport are a central condition for eco- nomic growth, employment and individual mobility. For 2015 alone, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts an increase in passenger numbers of 7 percent worldwide (2014: 5.9 percent). Despite these significant growth rates, air transport’s share in worldwide CO2 emissions has actually been declining for years. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this value reached 2.42 percent in 2011 (2000: 2.81 percent). The Lufthansa Group aims to make mobility as environmentally friendly as possible for its customers – now and in the future. The Lufthansa Group’s goals and strategy The Group has a clear strategy to further limit the environmental effects of flying and to make traffic growth as environmen- tally compatible as possible. As long ago as 2008, the Lufthansa Group adopted a strategic environmental program (see page 36). In addition, it supports the avia- tion industry’s goals of improving fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent on average per year until 2020 and to make all transport growth CO2-neutral thereafter. By 2050, net CO2 emissions are to be cut by 50 per- cent, compared with 2005. The generally acknowledged basis for this approach is the aviation industry’s established four- pillar strategy for climate protection (see graphic 43). Central fields of action in climate and environ- mental protection Passenger and freight transport is the Lufthansa Group’s core business. Fuel efficiency in particular is of fundamental importance for the Company’s economic Strategy and management Keeping people, the environment and mobility in balance Environmental care has been one of the Lufthansa Group’s primary corporate goals for many years. The Company has been working resolutely for a long time to further reduce the effects of its business activities on the environment – and thus on the Earth’s climate – and to use resources ever more efficiently. and ecological success and therefore a central field of action. The efficient use of kerosene not only reduces costs, but also improves flight operations’ ecological balance sheet. The most significant advances can be achieved by operating aircraft with the latest technology. For this reason, the Group is due at current order status to take delivery of 272 new aircraft by 2025 – all characterized by low fuel burn (see page 28, Fleet development). In May 2013, the Lufthansa Group set up a Company-wide department which has since coordinated all activities concerning fuel efficiency. A significant potential for improving the environmental balance sheet is also opened up by alternative fuels low in CO2 emissions, to whose development and testing the Group has shown an ongoing commitment (see page 43). Another important field of action is active noise protection. Here, the Lufthansa Group counts on investments in new aircraft and retrofitting the existing fleet with noise- reducing technologies. Moreover, the Group cooperates with partners in industry, public administrations, universities and research institutions to identify noise sources and develop perceptible noise-reduction mea- sures, such as the quietest approach and takeoff procedures possible (see page 54). 34 // Climate and Environmental Responsibility