Lufthansa Group Publishes 25th Sustainability Report

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Published June 12th, 2019 - 10:10 GMT
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Lufthansa Group has published its 25th sustainability report. For a quarter of a century now, the company has been providing information every year on the var-ious activities, programs and advances but also challenges in the area of corporate responsibili

Lufthansa Group has published its 25th sustainability report. For a quarter of a century now, the company has been providing information every year on the var-ious activities, programs and advances but also challenges in the area of corporate responsibility, with the title “Balance”. In 2018, the Group identified the key areas for current reporting in cooperation with its interest groups again, in a large-scale stake-holder survey. The results are published in the sustainability report as a materiality matrix.

Responsibility towards the environment and towards society is a central strategic principle for the Lufthansa Group. For years now, the company has been strongly committed to limiting the environmental impact of its business activities to the una-voidable minimum – in the air and on the ground. The cover story “Maintaining bal-ance. Out of responsibility.” shows what the Lufthansa Group has achieved since 1994 in terms of sustainability and takes a look at future commitments: “Being an aviation group, we are aware of the fact that the past years’ growth in passenger numbers also implies growing responsibility for us to ensure that future mobility will be shaped in environmentally compatible ways. To reach this goal, we continuously invest in new and especially efficient aircraft. We intend to take a leadership role within the aviation industry on the topic of responsibility,” as Carsten Spohr, Chair-man of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, writes in the preface of the sustainability report.

With success: the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have not only increased their fuel efficiency by 30 percent since 1994; they also set a new efficiency record in 2018: on average, the passenger airlines only used 3.65 liters of kerosene to fly a passenger 100 kilometers. That is an improvement of 0.8 percent and the lowest figure in the history of the company so far.

The new record is largely the result of the sustainable fleet renewal program and nu-merous fuel efficiency projects. The Lufthansa Group is not only a pioneer in the in-troduction of new, environmentally friendly technologies – it also invests continuously in the optimization of its existing fleet. Just this March, the Group ordered 40 ultra-modern Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft which are considered to be the most fuel-efficient in their class. In total, the Lufthansa Group currently has 210 new aircraft on order, with delivery dates until 2027 (as of 7 May 2019). Lufthansa will also be receiving its first Boeing 777-9 in the summer of 2020, as one of the first airlines worldwide. The Group has ordered a total of 20 of these particu-larly efficient long-haul aircraft.

With over 135,000 employees worldwide from 176 nations, the Lufthansa Group is an international company (1994: 57,798 employees from 91 countries). Diversity and equal opportunity, respect for human rights as well as respect and appreciation shape our company as well as our actions toward customers and suppliers. These and other values and standards are documented in the Lufthansa Group Code of Conduct, which was adopted in 2017.

As a corporate citizen, the aviation group has also been involved in matters of social and societal significance for 20 years with its charitable aid organization, help alli-ance. Since 1999, the help alliance has invested 17 million euros in aid projects, helping 23,000 disadvantaged people per year around the world to lead self-determined lives.

The 25th sustainability report, “Balance” is being released exclusively as a digital edition and is available as of now at To celebrate the 25th edition of the report, the Lufthansa Group has published the video “Maintain-ing balance. Out of responsibility. 25 years of reporting on sustainability and the en-vironment”.

Background Information

Lufthansa AG

Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising around 400 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany, the Group operates in five business segments – passenger transportation (Passenger Airline Group), logistics, MRO, catering and IT services. Passenger transportation is the Group’s core business: 

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