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Carbon Footprint in the Commercial Aviation Industry: Current Situation and Measures to Reduce Emissions Using the Example of Lufthansa

  • The goal of this thesis is to give an overview of the carbon footprint of the commercial aviation industry and to introduce measures to mitigate emissions. This will be done by taking the German Lufthansa Group as an example. In the first part, relevant theoretical background information will be given. It will be shown that the commercial aviation industry is subject to steady and relatively strong growth. Even though the global share of GHG emissions caused by air traffic is currently relatively low, it is projected to increase in accordance with overall industry growth. In the second part, measures taken by the aviation industry to reduce its emissions are presented using the example of Lufthansa. The measures that are taken are various, reaching from fleet renewal over infrastructural improvements such as airspace management to alternative fuels. It is also shown that the efficiency of an airline depends on different things and hence leads to different performances in the industry. Even though the reduction of emissions is typically related with a reduction of costs for the aviation industry, the progress in some areas is still relatively slow.

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Author:Markus Kleiser
Advisor:Frank Kramer
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2017
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Date of final exam:2017/08/31
Release Date:2017/08/31
Tag:Aviation industry; Carbon footprint; Emissions reduction
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Andere/Other
Open-Access-Status: Closed Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt