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Balance 2015 ENG

On September 15, 2014, Lufthansa flight LH190 from Frankfurt to Berlin’s Tegel airport was the first European scheduled flight operated with a 10-percent blend of the new sugar-based biokerosene Farnesan. launched the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Program (SESAR) with the aim of realizing the stan- dardized European airspace by 2020. Currently, the companies of the Lufthansa Group provide their expert knowledge from different specialty areas in more than 50 SESAR projects. The spectrum ranges from flight route planning to operations centers and training divisions to information tech- nology and finances. For example, the specialists at Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss participate in the EU research project Free Solutions, which helps determine how more direct and more flexible flight routes can be realized in Europe. The airspace analyzed stretches This would help Lufthansa alone to cut its annual kerosene consumption by about 270,000 tonnes. Overall, airlines would emit up to 10 percent less CO2. To advance the SES, the EU is providing 3 billion euros. These funds go to airlines, airport operators and air traffic control organizations, so that they can jointly modernize Europe’s air transport manage- ment. On December 5, 2014, the EU Com- mission signed a partnership agreement to this end with the key participants of air transport management assembled in the consortium SESAR Deployment Alliance. In 2008, the EU Commission and the Euro- pean air traffic control agency Eurocontrol Pillar 2: Improved infrastructure Single European Sky The standardized European airspace, or Single European Sky (SES), is planned to be implemented by 2020 and is the largest climate protection project in European aviation. Currently, supervision of the EU’s airspace is the fractured task of 27 different national air traffic control systems and more than 650 sectors monitored by about 60 control centers. The result is that flights in Europe often cannot take a direct route and have to fly a “detour” of 42 kilometers on average. By contrast, the SES is intended to steer traffic flows significantly more efficiently. 44 // Climate and Environmental Responsibility