Lufthansa Cargo to use lighter cargo nets to reduce CO2 footprint

A Lufthansa Cargo aircraft with a pallet secured with lightweight cargo net.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo

LONDON – Lufthansa Cargo has announced that they will be using a lightweight pallet net for their cargo in order to reduce both weight and CO2 emissions.

Lightweight nets

Starting in January of 2023, Lufthansa Cargo will be using a newly designed cargo net to secure the cargo pallets. The nets have been designed using a special fiber that is able to save over 50% of the weight of previous-generation nets used.

Because these nets are lighter than the previous generation of nets, it means that there will be a total weight reduction which is able to reduce the fuel used between each flight.

This is another step for the airline toward its sustainability goals.

“For us, the use of lightweight transport nets is another step on the path to reducing CO2 emissions. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of halving our CO2 emissions per kilogram when flying by 2030.”

“To achieve this, we need to take action on many fronts. Every measure counts. One of them is reducing the weight of our loading equipment”, says Dorothea von Boxberg, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG.

“We are transporting goods all over the world – and are at home all over the world. That’s why global responsibility and sustainable, forward-looking action are part of our DNA.”

“Our goal for 2050 is to be 100 percent CO2-neutral in the air; on the ground, we want to have achieved this goal as early as 2030.”

Reduction in CO2 emissions

The innovative nets “Pallet Net Zero” made by AmSafe Bridport, which Lufthansa Cargo will be using through its subsidiary Jettainer, weigh between nine and eleven kilograms, which is less than half the weight of a conventional net made of polyester fibers.

The weight reduction of the new nets is largely achieved by the high tensile strength of the special fiber, which is also made from renewable raw materials.

The reduced weight of the transport nets saves Lufthansa Cargo around 140 tons of fuel and thus a good 440 tons of CO2 per year, another example of sustainability in action.

At the same time, the nets are easier to handle without compromising on the technical requirements that are so important for flight safety.

This reduction of CO emissions is significant, as while we may have gotten used to these kinds of numbers, we should remember that every bit of reduction helps, even though numbers like these may seem huge.

We should all remember that while of course, we have to do our due diligence in helping the environment by reducing our plastic waste, the main fault lies with the big corporations.

Thankfully there are many airlines that are dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint, like Lufthansa.

They have taken the first step in the cargo industry to introduce such lightweight pallet nets, and it is now the job of many other cargo airlines, such as UPS, DHL, KLM Cargo, FedEx, and others to adopt similar measures in order to reduce the total amount of CO2 emissions globally.

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