One Million Passengers Choose Lufthansa Green Fares

A Lufthansa jet flies above mountains.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

The Lufthansa Group’s Green Fares initiative has reached a significant milestone: over one million passengers have opted for this sustainable fare option within its first year.

This translates to an average of 3% of passengers actively choosing Green Fares, contributing meaningfully to a more sustainable travel experience.

Notably, Green Fares are particularly popular in Business Class, accounting for 11% of bookings made through Lufthansa Group portals. These apply on routes like Hamburg-Munich, Zurich-London, and Frankfurt-Berlin.

This rising demand across all booking classes underscores the success of the program.

Significant CO2 Offset Achieved

Rising demand noted by the airline Group across all booking classes has pointed to the success of the new program.

By choosing Green Fares, travelers have collectively offset more than 77,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions since launch.

This impressive figure equates to the CO2 emissions generated by over 12,000 Hamburg-Munich flights using an Airbus A320neo.

A Lufthansa Cargo freighter is loaded on the ramp.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo

Green Fares Explained

Green Fares seamlessly integrate into the existing Lufthansa Group fare structure (established in 2015) for flights within Europe and North Africa.

This eco-conscious option includes complete offsetting of individual, flight-related CO2 emissions through two methods: Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and high-quality climate protection projects.

Notably, SAF usage achieves a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, with the remaining 80% addressed through climate protection projects.

The Lufthansa Group guarantees delivery of the SAF needed for offsetting to airport infrastructure within six months of purchase.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is blended with conventional jet fuel at the storage facility before reaching the airport, rather than being allocated directly to specific flights.

The Lufthansa Group’s CO2 compensation portfolio currently boasts 15 projects, including two pioneering technology ventures:

  • Carbon Cure’s Sustainable Concrete (promoting long-term CO2 storage) and
  • Biochar (utilizing biochar for CO2 removal).

This commitment highlights the Group’s dedication to fostering advancements in the CO2 compensation market, particularly with long-term CO2 binding solutions.

Lufthansa aircraft with AeroSHARK logo on the side.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group and Sustainable Travel

The Lufthansa Group remains a global leader in offering options to offset flight-related CO2 emissions. In this regard, the airline Group is consistently developing new services for both private travelers and corporate clients.

Currently, around 4% of Lufthansa Group passengers utilize one of their various sustainable flying options, offered throughout the travel journey.

Passengers can choose Green Fares, select offers with higher SAF proportions during booking, or offset emissions after their flight.

Additionally, the Group has seen a rise in corporate clients taking advantage of their sustainable travel solutions. To date, over 1,500 companies investing in SAF with them in 2023.

Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa.

Ambitious Sustainability Goals Drive Innovation

The Lufthansa Group is firmly committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. It has set ambitious targets to halve net CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 levels.

These reduction goals have been validated by the independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This solidifies their alignment with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Their multifaceted approach to effective climate protection encompasses accelerated fleet modernization and continuous flight operation optimization.

In addition, SAF usage, and providing options for sustainable travel to both private and corporate clients play a key role.

The Group also actively supports global climate and weather research initiatives.

Lufthansa Group’s dedication to sustainability is recognized by independent rating organizations, consistently exceeding industry standards.

This commitment is reflected in their recent achievement of a top “A-” rating in the prestigious CDP climate ranking for their CO2 reduction strategy and implementation. This marks the second consecutive year the Group has received this distinction.

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