Lufthansa Shares Annual Balance Sustainability Report
Lufthansa has published the latest issue of its annual Balance sustainability report. The report documents positive developments in all aspects of corporate responsibility: “Despite challenging operating conditions and burdensome effects, the Lufthansa Group can once again present a gratifying report on sustainability. And that remains our goal for the future,“ observed Dr. Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
For example in the area of climate and environmental responsibility: In 2011, the Lufthansa Group fleet set a new eco-efficiency record by reducing specific fuel consumption to 1.104 gallons per 100 passenger-kilometers – even though the seat load factor was down two percent, to 77.6 percent, compared to the previous year. Greater efficiency not only makes the Group more competitive, it also reduces specific CO2 emissions. In order to realize its ambitious climate protection targets, Lufthansa will continue stepping up its efforts to achieve further optimization in the operational and infrastructural areas. The envisaged measures are defined in the internationally acclaimed four-pillar strategy, which Lufthansa helped develop to enhance climate protection in the aviation industry.
A major element in that strategy is the Group’s investment in modern aircraft. Lufthansa is currently engaged in the biggest fleet renewal program in its history: By 2018, a total of 168 fuel efficient and low-noise aircraft, valued at 17 billion euros at list price, will be added to the fleet. The latest newcomer is the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, which entered into service at Lufthansa earlier this month. The new aircraft is 15 percent more fuel-efficient and about 30 percent quieter than the predecessor model, the Boeing 747-400.
Lufthansa has done pioneering work with long-term trials of bio-kerosene in scheduled flight operations, demonstrating that biofuel from sustainable production sources, which reduces CO2 emissions, is a viable alternative in daily flight operations. From July 15 to December 27, 2011, Lufthansa carried out 1,187 flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt with a mix of biofuel and conventional kerosene, saving around 1,500 tons of CO2. As a highlight of the tests, Lufthansa conducted the world’s first transatlantic commercial flight to the USA with a biosynthetic fuel mix on January 12, 2012. On this flight a Boeing 747-400 carrying approximately 40 tons of biofuel mix flew from Frankfurt to Washington.
In addition to decreased emissions, the Group’s environmental strategy is geared to continuously reducing noise. Lufthansa cooperates permanently with partners from industry, the authorities, universities and research institutions on developing measures to lower noise levels. Besides modifications of existing aircraft, these include the utilization of noise-reducing procedures in flight operations, such as the continuous descent approach currently practiced in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa has cooperated with science on climate research since 1993. The fourth research project IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) was launched in 2011. The aim of the project is to establish an infrastructure for global observation of the earth’s atmosphere from a large fleet of in-service aircraft. “We always ensure that foresight coupled with economic, ecological and social considerations guide our decisions, since only in that way can the Lufthansa Group grow with added value in the long term,“ emphasized Dr. Christoph Franz. Sustainability simultaneously requires business success: “Only by earning profits can a company invest in climate and environmental protection, and exercise its social responsibility as an employer,” noted Franz, pointedly referring to the rising charges levied by the state at a time of extremely intensive competition.
At year-end 2011, the Lufthansa Group employed a total of 116,365 people from 141 countries. In view of the growing complexity of the aviation industry and increasing globalization, the Executive Board initiated the “Management Landscape 2020“ project in 2011. The project is designed to implement more diversity at all management levels as well as among management trainees. Another target is to raise the proportion of women in management positions by around 30 percent by 2020. The quota rose by 0.5 percentage points to 13.6 percent in 2011.
About the Balance sustainability report
The Balance sustainability report has been published by the Lufthansa Group annually since 1994. It furnishes a breadth of information about the activities, aims and progress of the Lufthansa Group in the business world, ecology, social responsibility and corporate citizenship. The latest issue can be ordered for free or downloaded at www.lufthansa.com/responsibility.
One of the world’s largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 211 destinations in 84 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with its recent acquisition of Austrian Airlines and SWISS – Vienna and Zurich. From its 21 North American gateways, Lufthansa- recently voted by Fortune as one of the five most admired airlines in the world- and its partners serve over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400, as well as the Airbus A340 sub fleet. Currently, Lufthansa has over 150 new aircraft worth about $18 billion on order. It will be the largest European operator of the A380 and is also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues its $150 million program earmarked for building new or upgrading existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network and will spend more than $1.4 billion in new on-board products and services by 2015. In 2010, Lufthansa re-launched its broadband wireless Internet service on-board, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com.