Lufthansa has begun testing a new service that allows travelers to use their in-flight entertainment system to offset their trip’s CO2 emissions.
The trial is now accessible on internet-enabled short and medium-haul flights to and from Munich and will be expanded to include selected Swiss long-haul flights in the future.
Customers may use the offset service through the aircraft’s IFE system, where they can opt to offset using Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or via high-quality carbon offset initiatives administered by non-profit organization Myclimate, or a combination of the two.
Sustainable aviation fuel is abbreviated as SAF. It’s made from renewable resources and has a chemical that’s extremely comparable to typical fossil jet fuel. Using SAF reduces carbon emissions over the fuel’s lifespan compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.
Myclimate provides an option by offsetting your home’s carbon footprint and allows users to determine the footprint of their household, automobiles, events, and travel-related activities. Aside from a plethora of unique offsets and project-specific donations, the platform’s household calculator is incredibly user-friendly. Myclimate can also assess and offset your overall personal footprint, which includes transportation, travel, food, shopping habits, energy usage, and many more.
Customers will be able to see how many passengers have already offset their flight’s CO2 emissions for that day, “and thereby become part of a growing community,” according to the company.
The Lufthansa Group said in a statement announcing the trial:
“The Lufthansa Group accepts responsibility for effective climate protection and has a clearly defined road to CO2 neutrality: by 2030, the Lufthansa Group seeks to halve its net CO2 emissions compared to 2019; by 2050, the firm aspires to achieve a CO2 balance that is neutral.”
“To that aim, the Lufthansa Group is concentrating its efforts on expedited fleet modernization, continual flight operations optimization, the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, and novel CO2-neutral flight services.”