Lufthansa Group has launched new sustainability platform ‘Compensaid’, enabling passengers to track and offset their individual carbon footprint.

Travellers can choose to offset through the purchase of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), with the platform calculating the market-based surcharge depending on the journey take.

The carrier said that “the SAF purchased as part of the offsetting process will be deployed on Lufthansa flights within a period of six months”.

Alternatively passengers can choose to offset through the more traditional method of supporting a reforestation project in Nicaragua.

For a limited period Miles and More members will receive 500 bonus miles when they make their first offset of €10 or more through the new platform.

While the majority of flights tracked and offset through the platform so far have been with Lufthansa Group carriers, the platform allows travellers to offset flights for all airlines worldwide – according to the website over 1,200 flights have been tracked so far across around 100 airlines.

Travellers receive a detailed evaluation of their tracked travel history, including flight distance, time and destinations, as well as the efficiency of respective aircraft types, individual fuel consumption, and associated CO2 emissions.

The platform has partnered with Swiss climate protection foundation Myclimate, a long-standing partner of the Lufthansa Group in the field of voluntary CO2 offsetting.

Commenting on the launch Gleb Tritus, Managing Director Lufthansa Innovation Hub, said:

“Flying benefits our world in many different ways – it connects people, helps bridge cultural divides, intensifies business relations, and enables interactions to take place across long distances. But flying also has negative climate effects, which need to be counteracted – not least from a digital perspective.

“Every individual traveller can take action: With “Compensaid,” we provide people with a tool that shows them the climate effects of their flights. This impact can be reduced significantly with the help of innovative technologies such as sustainable fuel.”

Business Traveller subscribers can read our recent special report on sustainability in the aviation sector:

Sustainable aviation: Fuelling change