Munich Airport and Lufthansa open 'Green Gate' exhibition to promote their sustainability efforts
(photo: Munich Airport)
Fri 14 Dec 2018 – Munich Airport and Lufthansa have opened a ‘Green Gate’ exhibition in the airport’s Terminal 2 satellite. It shows passengers programmes and initiatives of the two companies to promote sustainable mobility. In the waiting area of Gate K21, the partners have created a ‘discovery zone’ centred around aspects of environmental and climate protection. Information panels with short texts, images, infographics, videos and interactive elements demonstrate measures already taken on environmental improvements as well as future strategies. The exhibition also highlights Lufthansa’s achievements in fuel efficiency through its modernised fleet, in particular the Airbus A350-900, which is operated on long-haul routes from the Munich hub.
“The airport and the airline complement one another and are working to capture synergy effects. This makes Munich Airport a leader in green aviation,” stated the airport’s CEO, Dr Michael Kerkloh, at the opening of the exhibition this week. “Here you can see one of the world’s most advanced long-haul jetliners parked at one of the world’s best terminals. That not only creates greater comfort for passengers, it benefits the environment too.”
Added Wilken Bormann, CEO of Lufthansa’s Munich hub: “The Airbus A350-900 achieves better fuel economy than any comparable aircraft, using an average of just 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 passenger kilometres. In addition, it significantly reduces the noise impact on residents in the surrounding area. The noise footprint of the A350 is 50% smaller than that of the A340.”
The Green Gate offers information on a range of topics related to sustainability in aviation. These include new approach procedures, supplying aircraft with pre-conditioned air, recycling of aircraft de-icing fluids, air quality monitoring and commitments by both partners to biodiversity and noise/sound protection. Visitors can hop onto an LED stepper to generate electric power through their own efforts and also use a CO2 calculator to measure their personal carbon footprint.
The airport says the satellite terminal, which opened in April 2016 and is a 60:40 joint venture with Lufthansa, itself sets new standards for energy efficiency with its sustainable design and state-of-the-art climate buffer.