The burning of fossil fuel energy sources (e.g. coal, petrol, kerosene) releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. CO2 accounts for the largest percentage of the greenhouse gases caused by mankind. Each mode of transport which uses fossil fuels to transport persons or goods, generates CO2 emissions. Lufthansa takes great measures to avoid and reduce emissions. As long as air travel is dependent on the fossil fuel kerosene however, not all CO2 emissions can be avoided.
This platform was created in order to give passengers the option of offsetting the unavoidable emissions produced by a flight. The myclimate website lufthansa.myclimate.org allows customers to make voluntary monetary contributions to climate protection . This amount is calculated on the basis of scientific models and flows directly into certified carbon offset projects in which environmentally harmful energy sources (e.g. a power generator that operates on diesel fuel) are being replaced with environmentally friendly energy sources (e.g. a power generator that operates on biomass waste). The majority of such projects are implemented in developing countries as the reduction of emissions is generally more affordable and, in these countries, the volume of environmentally harmful emissions can be reduced on a greater scale for the money that is invested. This means that your contribution is used to greatest effect. With regards to the atmosphere it doesn´t matter where in the world climate-harmful CO2 emissions are emitted or reduced. For this reason the emission of a given quantity of greenhouse gases, which can not be avoided at one place, can be avoided at any other place in the world. What counts in the end is the balance.
It goes without saying that strict standards are applied to myclimate carbon offset projects. Besides reducing greenhouse gases, they must also make a demonstrable positive contribution to sustainable development. myclimate pays special attention to ecological and social compatibility, as well as the integrity of the projects, when selecting them.