Lufthansa Technik goes carbon neutral with AVIATAR digital platform

Lufthansa Technik has said its ‘AVIATAR’ digital operations suite now operates carbon neutral.

The Digital Fleet Services business segment has had this certified by standardised reporting and offsetting via the certified compensation platform SQUAKE, Lufthansa Technik said.

Achieving carbon neutrality was based on two pillars. The emissions caused by the technical cloud and office infrastructure as well as by the employees “were already massively reduced in the past years”, Lufthansa Technik said.

While 152 metric tons of CO2 equivalents were still emitted in 2019, this figure was almost halved in 2021, to just 77 metric tons, Lufthansa Technik said, despite an increase in the number of customers over the same period and a tripling of the number of aircraft serviced on the AVIATAR platform.

AVIATAR’s carbon footprint is already neutral today, the company added, thanks to full financial compensation of the remaining emissions through a portfolio of social and environmental projects. These include the installation of wind turbines in India, reforestation of rainforest in Nicaragua, support for sustainable food production in Burundi, and the procurement of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The compensation of emissions is carried out in close cooperation with SQUAKE. The IT start-up, a spin-off from the Lufthansa Group’s Innovation Hub, automates the emissions accounting and enables AVIATAR to operate the calculated compensation exclusively via certified projects. This ensures that the emissions generated are offset in a “complete, transparent and verifiable manner”, according to Lufthansa Technik. In addition to the annual compensation of future emissions from now on, AVIATAR has decided to also compensate its emissions from the past three years (319 tons of CO2 equivalent) via SQUAKE.

“We are proud to be the pioneer among digital tech ops platforms in launching a carbon neutral product,” said Lufthansa Technik’s vice president digital fleet services Philip Mende. “But this is just the start for us. On the one hand, we will continue to drive forward the real reduction of emissions in our production in a targeted manner and firmly anchor the topic of sustainability in our product development. On the other hand, we intend to conduct further studies in the near future in order to precisely quantify the emission savings that AVIATAR enables for our customers, for example by avoiding technical diversions or by optimising aircraft performance and flight operations. Here, we expect even more impressive figures.”

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