Air transport accounts for around three percent of global CO2 emissions. Despite a significant increase in passenger numbers, the share has been stagnating for years, thanks to significant efficiency gains and technological leaps.
AIR TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE: CARBON-EFFICIENT AND AFFORDABLE FOR FAMILIES
When you travel, you leave a carbon footprint. In pre-coronavirus times, air travel was responsible for about three percent of global CO2 emissions. This gives rise to a responsibility that we take seriously as an industry. The aim is to reduce the impact on the climate as far as possible. Our approach: to minimise specific CO2 emissions today through new and lower-emission aircraft, to offer climate-neutral flights in a few years' time by continuously increasing sustainably produced aviation fuels, and to continue to make affordable holiday possible.
Politics and the aviation industry have been working together for years to reduce the climate impact of air traffic. For example, European aviation has been included in EU emissions trading alongside the energy industry and energy-intensive industries since 2012. Emissions trading ensures that the aforementioned economic sectors reduce their CO2 emissions by 43% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. In global air traffic, on the other hand, the CO2 compensation and reduction instrument CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) of the UN aviation organisation ICAO takes effect. Airlines have to pay for growth-related emissions. The funds then flow into ICAO-certified climate protection projects.