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Lufthansa Technik increasingly relies on research partnerships to develop product innovations such as the low-drag “sharkskin” structure for aircraft surfaces (see page 10, Balance 2015). Evaluation of the environmental program In 2016, the Lufthansa Group plans to evaluate its strategic environmental program in a comprehensive manner. This reassess- ment will take into account not only changes in the external framework of conditions but also internal impulses from the agenda “7to1 – Our Way Forward” and the results of the stakeholder survey, including the materiality analysis. To further develop the environmental strat- egy, a working group that includes the environmental experts of the Lufthansa Group, the airlines and the service compa- nies, as well as representatives from Group Strategy and Group Communications was set up. In early 2016, the group identi ed fundamental internal and external ecologi- cal conditions and challenges that need to be taken in consideration in developing a new environmental strategy. As a next step, they de ned and prioritized the various environmentally relevant aspects and topics to determine appropriate areas of empha- sis for later on. In doing so, they distin- guished the three dimensions Lufthansa Group, airlines and service companies. environmental management The department Group Environmental Issues is responsible for the Lufthansa Group’s de nition, coordination and imple- mentation of Company-wide environmen- tally relevant strategies and measures. In addition, all larger subsidiaries have their own environmental departments or a coor- dinator. These experts meet twice a year at the Group-wide Environmental Forum to discuss current topics, exchange experi- ences and develop new ideas. - The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is working intensively on developing a concept for a global market-based system in air transport. Its task is to contribute to securing the goal of CO2-neutral growth in international air transport from 2020. Concrete measures are to be decided at the ICAO plenary session in October 2016. An important barometer for the general mood on this path was the climate summit in Paris with its trendsetting decisions. Therefore, the Lufthansa Group hopes that the ICAO will be able to pass clear resolutions concerning a global climate protection agreement for international air transport. Has the ICAO made progress in other areas with regard In addition to adapting the maximum values for noise and nitrogen oxides, the ICAO’s environmental protection com- mittee agreed after six years of intensive negotiations, on February 8, 2016, to introduce a CO2 emissions standard for aircraft. These limits will come into effect in 2020 and form an international standardized benchmark for the certi cation of new commercial aircraft. With the CO2 standard an impor- tant instrument for evaluating technology-based measures has been created. As long ago as 2008 we initiated a strategic environmental program and have since then made signi cant progress in all areas. Speci c fuel consumption, which has fallen since by 11.5 percent, is only one example. We are working on further improving our environmental balance sheet by adding new aircraft to the eet – in 2016 alone the Lufthansa Group will phase 52 highly ef cient aircraft into operation – and by implementing comprehensive fuel-ef ciency pro- grams. At the moment we are reassessing our environmental strategy, which is valid until 2020, in the light of current requirements. These re ections also take the results of our most recent stakeholder survey into consideration. Three questions for DR. KARLHEINZ HAAG Vice President Group Environmental Issues Deutsche Lufthansa AG Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2016 // Lufthansa Group // 37

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