Paying for Sustainable Fuel by Lufthansa

by Angelique Platas

Aug 21, 2019

Lufthansa aircraft wait in Dusseldorf Airport, Germany.

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Compensaid, a sustainability platform launched by Lufthansa Innovation Hub, focuses on CO2 neutral aviation fuels. Travelers can use the platform to replace their flight’s fossil fuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel by paying a surcharge.

“Flying benefits our world in many different ways — it connects people, helps bridge cultural divides, intensifies business relations, and enables interactions to take place across long distances. But flying also has negative climate effects, which need to be counteracted — not least from a digital perspective. Every individual traveler can take action: With Compensaid, we provide people with a tool that shows them the climate effects of their flights. This impact can be reduced significantly with the help of innovative technologies such as sustainable fuel,” said Gleb Tritus, managing director, Lufthansa Innovation Hub.

Compensaid users have two options for offsetting CO2 emissions: They can replace fossil aviation fuels with SAF and pay the surcharge, calculated by the platform based on market fuel charges by comparison to fossil kerosene, or they can use Compensaid to support a reforestation project in Nicaragua, reducing long-term CO2 emissions.

As the first online platform of its kind, Compensaid partnered with the Swiss climate protection foundation myclimate (long-time partner of the Lufthansa Group) in voluntary CO2 offsetting.

“Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a groundbreaking way to produce sustainable kerosene. We are delighted to support Compensaid, an innovative platform that for the first time enables customers to invest in CO2 neutral fuel for their flights,” said Thorsten Luft, head of fuel management, Lufthansa Group.

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