Unknown to many, the German aviation sector is a pioneer in energy efficiency: In recent years, no other sector has improved its fuel consumption per passenger as much as aviation. Germany’s modern air fleet today uses, on average, less than four litres of kerosene per 100 kilometres and passenger. That is 42 per cent less fuel than the amount needed in the mid-90s.

What also distinguishes German airlines from other modes of transport is the impact of fuel costs: Kerosene today makes up about one third of the airlines’ total operating costs. With this in view, the German aviation sector does not need any external pressure to be as energy efficient as possible.  It is in the airlines’ own interest to be not only economical, but also environmentally wise. And the aviation sector has already set its next target: By 2020, it aims to improve its energy efficiency by a further 1.5 per cent every year.