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DLH_Balance_2016_ENG - Strategy and management

In 1996 the aviation group adopted Envi- ronmental Guidelines to rmly anchor its principles concerning environmental care. In 2008 the Executive Board approved the Lufthansa Group’s strategic environmental program, which remains valid until 2020. It de nes key action areas with regard to fuel ef ciency, climate protection, active noise protection, and energy and resource management (see page 36, Balance 2015), in which the Lufthansa Group wants to achieve further progress. Simultaneously, the Company supports the international aviation industry’s ambitious climate protection goals. This includes improving fuel ef ciency by an average of 1.5 percent per year up to 2020. Thereafter, CO2 emissions are to be stabilized at the level achieved and any additional transport growth is to be CO2-neutral. Furthermore, the industry aims to reduce its net CO2 emis- sions by 50 percent (on the basis of 2005) by 2050. To meet these goals, in 2005 the aviation industry adopted its four-pillar strat- egy, which combines different environmen- tally-relevant paths and measures (see page 41, Fuel consumption and emis- sions). The Lufthansa Group’s goals and strategy With regard to climate and environmental responsibility, the Lufthansa Group’s key action areas are climate protection (espe- cially through fuel ef ciency), active noise protection, energy and resource manage- ment, sustainable innovation, and research and development. These topics were also included in the latest version of the material- ity analysis related to the Group’s sustain- ability commitment. Both stakeholders and the Company con rmed these topics as having very high importance for responsible mobility (see page 21, Stakeholder dialogue). For the Lufthansa Group, fuel ef ciency in ight operations is a fundamental factor for success, not only economically but also ecologically. Therefore, the aviation group continuously invests in new aircraft and engine technologies and pursues its inter- nal fuel-ef ciency campaign. In addition, the research and use of alternative fuels play an important role. At the same time, the Lufthansa Group is rmly committed to advancing the implementation of the stan- dardized European air space (see page 41). Strategy and management The Lufthansa Group is continuously focused on limiting further the ecologi- cal effects of its business activities and using required resources even more ef ciently. The Group has set itself the goal of making mobility as environ- mentally compatible as possible for its customers. The strategic program “7to1 – Our Way Forward” also makes a contribution in this area, as it has set the switches for even more environmentally friendly air transport. For many years, the Lufthansa Group has been committed to reducing the noise emissions unavoidably associated with air transport. There is a particular need to lessen the burden on people living around important hubs further by applying active noise protection measures. Their scope includes investments in the latest technol- ogies, quieter ying procedures and advanced noise research. Moreover, the aviation group regularly analyzes all re- corded noise emissions data in order to develop concrete measures for further improvements (see page 58). The Lufthansa Group also works to opti- mize continuously its energy and resource management, thereby ensuring that re- quired resources – such as water – are always used responsibly on board and on the ground (see page 52). The Lufthansa Group cooperates with partners from the areas of science and research to advance industry innovations on the basis of sound data and to improve its own environmental management further. Simultaneously, the Group supports climate research projects to observe the Earth’s atmosphere (see page 61). Beyond that, 36 // Climate and Environmental Responsibility

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