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Balance 2015 ENG

Different partners, one goal While Lufthansa and Swiss cooperate with the Swiss charitable climate founda- tion myclimate, Austrian Airlines works with the climate protection initiative Climate Austria At myclimate, at least 80 percent of the CO2 compensation payments go to selected climate protection projects in emerging and developing coun- tries. They all have in common that they work towards lower emissions of green- house gases and promote development that is viable for the future. In addition, they are registered under the Gold Standard, which guarantees adherence to the highest requirements concerning sustainability – especially with regard to the environmental balance sheet and social compatibility. Climate Austria’s stringent requirements also guarantee that the climate protection donations from Austrian Airlines passengers benefit only selected projects – primarily in Austria. Here the focus is on initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency and rene- wable energies. The decisive aspect is that they avoid emissions and deliver added positive ecological and socioeconomic effects. In 2008, Austrian Airlines founded Climate Austria together with Austria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Kommunalkredit Public Consulting (KPC) and Vienna Airport. Lufthansa Cargo offers customer-specific CO2 reports Providing optimized reporting is a goal pursued by Lufthansa Cargo. Since 2015, the freight airline has furnished company- specific CO2 reports to its Global and Busi- ness Partners. These carbon emissions reports not only increase data transparency, but they also support customers in com- piling their environmental balance sheets. AirPlus permits climate- neutral business trips Lufthansa subsidiary AirPlus, which likewise enables its existing customers to offset their CO2 emissions through myclimate, has also achieved measurable success in the area of climate-friendly products. With AirPlus Green Reports (introduced worldwide in 2011) and AirPlus Green Company Account (available on the German market since 2014), two environmentally friendly solutions already feature in the portfolio of the world’s leading provider of business travel payment and settlement solutions (see page 79, Balance 2014). At ITB 2015, the international tourism fair in Berlin, the Green Company Account received a mycli- mate Award honoring AirPlus’s pioneering role in the field of innovative and sustainable financial products for the travel industry. Support focuses on sustainable projects Numerous projects benefited in 2014 from the voluntary climate protection donations made by the Lufthansa Group’s customers. For example, Climate Austria supported inter alia a biomass heating system at Alpenzoo Innsbruck. Long-term, the new system will allow the zoo to avoid over 1,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. myclimate used compensation payments from Lufthansa and Swiss customers inter alia to support projects that provide locally produced, efficient cookers to the rural populations in certain parts of Kenya. These cookers replace traditional open fires, promote health, and prevent the clear-cutting of further forest areas. Donations from AirPlus customers were passed on by myclimate to a communal reforestation project in Nicara- gua. There, newly planted forests protect communities of small-holding farmers from seasonal drought and flooding. AirPlus received the myclimate Award for its innovative product “Green Company Account” at the travel fair ITB 2015. Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2015 // Lufthansa Group // 69