From January 2020, the Lufthansa Group will launch an attractive range of climate-friendly business travel products, including the Lufthansa Group Corporate Value Fares. This fare allows corporate customers to fly CO2-neutral on Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines flights in Europe and for the first time, carbon offsetting is automatically included in these fares for contract customers.
The CO2 offsetting is carried out through certified, high-quality climate protection projects of the Swiss foundation myclimate. The non-profit organisation, which the Lufthansa Group has been working with to ensure effective climate protection since 2007, guarantees that the projects will not only reduce greenhouse gases but also contribute to the global sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
“The Lufthansa Group takes its responsibility for the environment very seriously and has already taken many initiatives to reduce the CO2 emissions of its aircraft. With the new Lufthansa Group Corporate Value Fares, we are now taking the next step and offering our corporate customers in all European markets an innovative solution for sustainable mobility. We have already made our own business air travel CO2-neutral,” says Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President Sales Lufthansa Group Network Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Hub Frankfurt.
myclimate initiatives include a reforestation project in Nicaragua, photovoltaic plants in the Dominican Republic and the dissemination of energy-efficient cookers powered by solar power and energy from biomass in Rwanda, Kenya, Madagascar and China. These measures reduce the fuel consumption of wood and coal, protect the local forests and contribute to the improvement of air quality in addition to the associated CO2 savings.
The new Lufthansa Group Corporate Value Fares and the carbon offsetting included within them is another important building block in the Group’s commitment to climate protection. In cooperation with “Compensaid” and myclimate, Lufthansa, SWISS, Edelweiss Air and Eurowings offer their customers the opportunity to offset the unavoidable CO2 emissions of their flight. Austrian Airlines offers this option through its partner Climate Austria.
Miles & More participants can also make an individual donation of between 3,000 and 50,000 miles to the myclimate foundation for each flight at miles-and-more.com under “Donate miles”, thus making a contribution to climate protection. In addition, the Lufthansa Group is working on a tariff option without CO2 compensation for those companies that already have their own initiatives.
Corporate customers of the Lufthansa Group will not only fly CO2-neutral in the future, but also in economical aircraft as the fleet renews. The new fuel-efficient aircraft will be put into service on average, every two weeks for the next ten years.