Airline Index 2017

Berlin, 11.11.2017: Airlines are only modernizing their fleets at a slow pace. Even the best airline fleets emit on average 20% more carbon dioxide per kilometer than the most fuel-efficient planes, for example, the Airbus A350-900 or Boeing 787-9, operating at full capacity. In contrast, airline fleets with only a medium level of carbon efficiency in technology and operation even release twice as many carbon emissions per kilometer than the most fuel-efficient aircraft. Only one in a hundred planes belongs to this class of highly efficient aircraft. These are findings of the new atmosfair Airline Index (AAI) 2017, presented today in Bonn at the UN climate conference COP 23.


Global carbon emissions of airlines increased by a good 4%, while the kilometers flown have increased by almost 7%. There is no sign yet again this year of the necessary decoupling of growth in air traffic and carbon emissions. "Our findings show that aviation worldwide is not on track to meet the 1.5 degree or the 2 degree target for global warming", says Dietrich Brockhagen, CEO of atmosfair. "While some airlines have significantly improved their carbon efficiency by purchasing new aircraft, the pace of modernization is not fast enough from a global standpoint.”

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Climate Education with atmosfair

Climate Education with atmosfair

Two new teaching models with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. are about to start

We at atmosfair think that it is very important to throw light on the urgency of climate protection and teach the scale of climate change in an informative way and good understandable for children. Therefore, we decided to expand our educational projects, which are implemented to promote different initiatives throughout Germany.

Together with Deutschen Umwelt-Aktion e.V. we found a reliable partner with whom we designed two different class emphases. Fourth grade pupils will have the possibility to learn about “Nutrition and Climate” and “My Co2 – Footprint” as well as climate change and its cause. In the first six months of application the primary schools in Hamburg are invited to choose one of the two topics and introduce it to the fourth grade of their school.

A combination of interesting and innovative illustrations together with an experienced pedagogue is introducing the pupils to two different worlds:

In the topic “Nutrition and Climate” the focus lays on the supply chain of food production starting from manufacturing through processing all the way to the supermarket and the resulting CO2 -footprint. We will concentrate on the production of animal products and the problem with international traded food articles. Additionally, it is important to clarify that a healthy amount of meat, dairy products and eggs has not just health advantages but also plays a key role in the CO2-balance. Furthermore, we will go into details and find out about the origin from different goods and discuss those. With the help of a “Climate scale” we will pack our own “climate-friendly and climate-respectful” shopping basket.

The CO2 - footprint is a more abstract concept. The topic “My CO2 – footprint” comes along with interactive games and activities which will help to encourage curiosity and interest of the pupils for the class.  How big is my own CO2 – footprint and how big is this footprint from different people around the globe? How big is the footprint by taking a plane and how big should it be in average? The fourth grader and the pedagogue will drill down on those questions and search for solutions.

An especially relevant point will be transmitted: Our planet is finite! That is why we can’t live on the expenses of our planet and on those of future generations. It is absolute necessary that each of use is aware of his/her own climate budget. There are different options in our daily life that we can use or change to minimize our CO2 – footprint. This educational project is helping children to get an early understanding about the vulnerability of our planet and to realize the responsibility from each one of us and the impact of humankind on our environment. 

UPJ network meeting 2017

„CSR in a changing world“ was the headline of this year’s annual meeting organized by the UPJ network.

Over 350 politicians, scientists, corporate and NGO representatives discussed urgent global topics like climate change, migration, diversity and social integration. The event aims to promote social commitment in businesses and foster a more sustainable corporate management.

As a cooperation partner of the UPJ network, atmosfair has offset the travel emissions of all speakers. Furthermore, our stand at the event made it possible for the participants to offset their travel emissions right on site.

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