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Lufthansa Cargo presents plans for green airfreight
At its third Climate Care Conference in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Cargo reaffirmed its ambitious plans
to reduce sustainably the impact of its activities on the environment. Addressing 200
representatives at the conference from the logistics business, the scientific community and the
media, Board Member Operations Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht emphasised Lufthansa Cargo’s
pioneering role in green logistics: ‘We are on track with our ambitious aim of reducing specific
emissions by a fourth by 2020 and have already achieved the first ten percentage points towards
that objective. We are working on numerous measures and literally leaving no stone unturned - in
our flight operations alone, we have developed more than 50 measures to curb the fuel burn of
our aircraft.’The venue for the conference, attended by leading climate researchers like Mojib Latif, was
a fitting choice: The Frankfurt Senckenberg Museum of Natural History with its large
dinosaurs and concurrent climate exhibition illustrating the rich biodiversity of life on earth and
the changes the planet has undergone over millions of years.
The speakers concurred in underlining the impact the logistics industry has on the environment.
The industry was equally unanimous in advocating even greater commitment to the goal of more
environment-friendly aviation. Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht urged
the attendees to step up their common efforts: ‘Only when all partners in the transport chain as
well as scientists and politicians pull together will we have the best chance of massively reducing
the burden on the environment.’
Transparency must be vastly improved so that transport decisions can be influenced more in
future by their impact on the environment, said Dr. Rupprecht. Comparability between the airlines
is often difficult. Not every carrier, for example, releases data on specific emissions.
Dr. Rupprecht is expecting a substantial reduction in specific emissions at Lufthansa Cargo from
the coming winter when the first two of five Boeing 777 freighters on its order books are sched2
uled to enter into service. The most efficient and quietest freighter of its class generates around
20 per cent fewer emissions than the existing MD-11 freighters in the fleet.
The Frankfurt conference was also the venue again for the presentation of this year’s Climate
Care Awards. Under the motto ‘More ideas for less emissions’, the cargo carrier confers the
environmental awards on company customers and members of the staff for notable contributions
to environmental protection.
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