Lufthansa Group racks up double-digit increase in carbon emissions in 2010 despite efficiency improvement

18.3.2011  (GreenAir online)
According to its annual report just published, Lufthansa Group saw its carbon
emissions increase by 10.1% to 26.6 million tonnes in 2010, the benchmark year
for airlines entering the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.*
However, transport performance increased by 15.6 per cent over the previous year,
so fuel efficiency improvements were gained as a result of the Group’s continued
fleet modernisation programme. Fuel consumption across the operating fleet declined
from 4.30 litres per 100 passenger-kms (pkm) in 2009 to 4.20 in 2010. Direct CO2
emissions declined from 108.4 grams per pkm to 105.8. The Group’s target is to
cut CO2 emissions per pkm by 25 per cent by 2020 in comparison with 2006 (110.5

Airlines in the Lufthansa Group include Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, Lufthansa
Cargo, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Germanwings and British Midland (bmi). The report
notes that rising fuel costs will be “aggravated” by the inclusion of air traffic
into the EU ETS from 2012. “The adverse effects this will have are mitigated by
a fuel-efficient fleet,” it says.

Despite a five-fold increase in operating profits, fuel costs rose by 1.5 billion
euros (to 5.2 billion euros) in 2010 compared to 2009 as a result of price increases
and are expected to rise by a further 31 per cent in 2011.

The report states that environmental protection has been assigned a high priority
in the company’s goals. “As one of the decision-making criteria, environmentally
compatible conduct is to be more deeply integrated in everyday decision-making
process than it is at present,” it promises.

A comprehensive database of all operating processes and activities affecting
the environment across the Lufthansa Group has been set up, covering energy and
kerosene consumption, emissions, noise, refuse, water and waste water. Performance
indicators will allow for the implementation in the medium term of a certifiable
environmental management system in all the Group’s major companies.

The report details three research projects that Lufthansa is currently involved
with, including the sustainable biofuel BurnFAIR project. When certification of
bio-SPK fuels has been passed for use in commercial operations, Lufthansa will
be running daily flights for six months between Hamburg and Frankfurt using a
50/50 blend in one engine of an Airbus A321. The main aim of the project is to
investigate the effects of biofuels on an engine’s servicing and life cycle in
the course of a long term experiment. The project will cost the airline around
€4.1 million ($5.8m).

Another is the CARIBIC EU research project that is investigating the complex
chemical and physical processes that take place in the atmosphere, involving a
laboratory on board a wide-bodied Airbus. Last spring, the equipment was used
to measure ash concentrations in European airspace as a result of the Icelandic

A further area of research is covering noise protection. Lufthansa is investing
in active noise-protection measures by updating the entire Boeing 737 fleet stationed
in Frankfurt by the end of 2011 and making technical adjustments to the engines
on the older 737-300s and -500s. The adjustments will reduce noise emissions on
take-off and landing by up to 2.4 decibels.  [The human ear cannot distinguish a difference of less than 3 decibels]


Lufthansa Group Annual Report 2010

Lufthansa – Sustainability

Allocation of free allowances is based on a benchmark relating to transported
persons and cargo in the base period 2010.
The free allowances will be allocated by a benchmarking process which measures
the activity of each operator in 2010 in terms of the number of passengers and
freight that they carry and the total distance travelled. The benchmark should
be published by 30 September 2011.
Express   18.3.2011


Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline and owner of BMI British Midland, yesterday
flew back into the black after a revival in long-haul traffic – but warned of
a tough year ahead.


The German flag carrier’s chief Christoph Franz said yesterday: “2011 will not
be a walk in the park. Fuel prices are at record levels. And we are not immune
to the consequence of political unrest, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.”
Profits for 2010 were 1.1billion euros (£957million), against a loss of 34million
euros in 2009, on revenues up 5billion to 27.3billion euros.

BMI, bought in 2009, made a loss of 145million euros on revenues of 896million
euros. Franz said restructuring at BMI, where 750 jobs have been cut reducing
the workforce to 3,613, had shown positive results and that
savings were ahead of targets.