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DLH_Balance_2016_ENG - CO2 compensation

Offering voluntary CO2 compensation is an established part of the aviation industry’s four-pillar strategy for climate protection (see page 45) and the Lufthansa Group’s environ- mental strategy 2020. While Lufthansa and Swiss have cooperated since 2007 with the charitable Switzerland-based foundation myclimate, Austrian Airlines has worked since 2008 with Climate Austria (see page 69, Balance 2015). Since 2011, existing corporate customers of the Lufthansa sub- sidiary AirPlus have had the opportunity to have the CO2 emissions of all their business travel calculated and compensated for them as an option. CO2 compensation Passengers of the Lufthansa Group may compensate the CO2 emissions unavoidably associated with their journeys by making a donation and thus a personal contribution to climate protection. Compensations are made through respected agencies that apply the most stringent standards in selecting and implementing the projects they support. In 2015, Lufthansa Group customers again took advantage of the option to travel in a climate-neutral way: The quantity of CO2 emissions that passengers of the hub air- lines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines as well as AirPlus customers compensated during the reporting year added up to 31,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Thus, donations of more than 450,000 euros were received for climate protection proj- ects – an increase of 3.5 percent over the preceding year. The CO2 compensation payments made by customers are chan- neled to certi ed climate protection proj- ects in whose context climate-damaging energy sources are replaced with climate- friendly ones. Over the last four years alone, about 1,8 million euros were in- vested in such climate protection projects in this way. In addition to a reduction of greenhouse gases, these projects must demonstrate a positive contribution to sustainable development. To make even more customers aware of the option of a voluntary CO2 compensa- tion, the Lufthansa Group is planning to further optimize its related Internet offer. The Group regularly provides information on the climate protection offer’s back- ground and mode of operation. In addition, Lufthansa Group experts participate in panel discussions organized in the context of the stakeholder dialogue. For example, in 2015 they participated in a discussion event organized by myclimate on the sub- ject of climate protection and air transport at the international tourism fair ITB. On June 4, 2016, Lufthansa participated with two aircraft in the Berlin Air Show (ILA) and provided information about sustainable mobility. The visit of the “Sieger ieger” (Winners’ Plane) and the Airbus A320neo was CO2-neutral: Lufthansa compensated the related CO2 emissions with a donation to the cli- mate protection organization myclimate. Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2016 // Lufthansa Group // 67

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