Lufthansa publishes sustainability report
Thursday 27, May 2010
The 2010 edition of Balance, the Lufthansa Group’s sustainability report, is now available. It contains a wealth of information about the company’s commitment to ecological, economic, community and social issues in the course of its business activities.
In 2009, 50 new fuel-efficient aircraft joined the Lufthansa Group’s fleet, some as replacements for older models. Lufthansa is thus consistently pursuing its policy of fleet renewal. The company has 146 new aircraft on order with a list price of 13 billion euros, which are scheduled for delivery over the next six years. At 4.30 litres of kerosene per 100 passenger-kilometres, the specific fuel consumption of the Group’s fleet has reached a historic low. And this trend is set to continue, given that Lufthansa has set itself the ambitious goal of reducing its specific fuel consumption by 25 per cent compared with 2006.
In addition, the Group’s new Fuel Efficiency Leadership project will systematically examine all possible ways of reducing fuel consumption, while the Aviation Biofuel project will analyse further potential for reducing future emissions. Lufthansa has also joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, in which airlines, aircraft manufacturers and companies involved in the field of refining technology work together to develop sustainable fuels.
Lufthansa enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide as an employer – and for good reason. The company repeatedly receives top marks in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for its human resources development. One of the airline’s key priorities is to raise awareness among its executives of the importance of sustainable thinking and acting. In 2009, more than 1,200 young people across Germany were taken on as apprentices at Lufthansa and thus offered future prospects in the company. Lufthansa has a total workforce of almost 118,000. Frankfurt is the largest base, with about 35,000 employees.
There were a number of other high points in 2009. HelpAlliance, the charitable organisation founded by Lufthansa employees, celebrated its tenth anniversary and despite the economic crisis succeeded in increasing the volume of donations to a total of 735,000 euros. Cargo Human Care funded a medical centre in an orphanage north of Nairobi, which went into operation in April 2009. Within a few months of opening, however, the centre had reached the limits of its capacity, due to strong demand. Cargo Human Care is therefore planning to open an extension in 2010.
Balance has been published annually since 1995. The extensive information it contains highlights the importance that Lufthansa attaches to sustainability. The report can be downloaded free of charge from www.lufthansa.com/responsibility. Free printed copies can also be ordered online or from Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Balance, 60202 Frankfurt.
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