Lufthansa slahes emissions with plastic containers
Lufthansa will reduce emissions through the introduction of lightweight containers. The new containers are up to 15%lighter than the containers currently in use. This autumn, the container fleet at Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo will be partially replaced by new containers made of a light plastic material.
The smaller containers, which are transported on the under-floor deck of passenger and cargo planes, will be replaced by 2015. The new containers are up to 15% lighter which will cut fuel consumption and associated carbon emissions. A total of 5,000 containers are being replaced after extensive testing, Lufthansa found that the containers need fewer repairs than conventional transport containers made of aluminium and satisfy all the necessary standards.
CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, said; “The new light containers are another step towards achieving our ambitious targets to reduce emissions. Together with Jettainer [a Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary] we are targeting investment in the latest technology and the Lufthansa group will therefore operate the largest fleet of lightweight containers in the world.” In order to achieve this, the development of new generations of lightweight containers as well as the expansion of this technology to other types of containers will be pushed forward, the cargo manager added.