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With a new "Compensaid" platform, the "Lufthansa Innovation Hub" opens up a way for customers to use sustainable fuel to offset the climate impact of their flights today.

Compensaid offers passengers the option of purchasing the amount of kerosene they need for their flight from CO2-neutral, synthetic fuels, so-called Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). According to Lufthansa, this enables 80 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) to be offset. The eco-fuel bought later will then be used on later flights.

According to Lufthansa, kerosene from sustainable raw materials is currently around four times as expensive as fossil fuel. With an individual per capita consumption of 28 liters on the Hamburg-Frankfurt route, there would be a surcharge of 45 euros to the 17 euros of regular kerosene costs.

Two options for customers: reforest or buy eco-fuel

That would be significantly more expensive than the previously possible and still offered compensation payments, for example for reforestation projects, with which passengers can bind the CO2 they cause by cultivating plants. Here the passenger would be there for only 3 euros.

"Flying has negative effects on the climate, which must not least be counteracted from a digital perspective," explains Gleb Tritus, Managing Director Lufthansa Innovation Hub of the new platform. Through it, everyone can become active: With 'Compensaid', travelers are given a tool that shows the climate effect their flights have. "This can be significantly reduced with the help of innovative technologies such as sustainable fuel," says Tritus.

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According to Lufthansa, “Compensaid” links a tracking tool for flights by all airlines worldwide with a compensation platform that enables personal CO2 emissions to be offset directly. Travelers then receive a detailed analysis of their entire travel history, which, in addition to flight distance, flight time, destinations, also reflects the efficiency of the respective aircraft type, individual fuel consumption and the associated CO2 emissions.

In principle, the platform is also open to passenger flights operated by other companies and is handled by the Swiss climate protection foundation myclimate. The bio-kerosene bought by the passengers would later be blown away by Lufthansa jets alone.

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