Lufthansa Joins First Movers Coalition to Drive Global Development of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

28 Mar 2023

Public Affairs,

  • Lufthansa Group is first European airline to join First Movers Coalition, which aims to decarbonize the heavy industry and transport sectors responsible for 30% of global emissions
  • Lufthansa’s commitment sends powerful market signal to develop sustainable aviation fuels and decouple CO2 emissions from domestic and international aviation
  • Coalition is led by World Economic Forum and US Department of State and comprises 76 companies with $12 billion in 2030 purchase commitments for green technologies
  • For more information, visit

Berlin, Germany, 28 March 2023 – The World Economic Forum announced today an expansion of the First Movers Coalition (FMC), a global coalition to decarbonize hard-to-abate industries. Lufthansa Group joins the FMC aviation sector as the first European airline group to drive the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

The latest expansion of the coalition focuses on cleaning up one of the world’s most carbon-intensive industry sectors through purchasing commitments for low-carbon technology.

The FMC has asked for ambitious commitments for airlines, airfare and air-freight purchasers, aircraft manufacturers, fuel producers and airports. Aviation accounts for over 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions and it is critical that the sector works with governments to make zero-emissions aviation a reality. Members of the FMC aviation sector commit to replacing at least 5% of conventional jet fuel demand with SAF, which reduces life-cycle GHG emissions by 85% or more when compared with conventional jet fuel, and/or using zero-carbon emitting propulsion technologies by 2030.

Speaking during the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Conference, Nancy Gillis, Head of the FMC, said: “We need to accelerate the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors and long-haul transport. As the Secretariat of the First Movers Coalition, the World Economic Forum is seeking to leverage the power of demand to increase the supply of near-zero emission solutions. Lufthansa’s commitment sends a powerful signal in the development of SAF.”

Christina Foerster, Member of Lufthansa Group's Executive Board for Customer and Corporate Responsibility, said Lufthansa is the first European airline group to join the coalition. “This underpins our commitment to drive the development, market introduction and use of sustainable aviation fuels. Sustainable aviation fuels are a central element of our CO2 reduction roadmap by 2030, which was validated by the independent Science Based Targets initiative.”

Foerster also emphasized the importance of green hydrogen for the energy transition in aviation.

Lufthansa joins existing members of the FMC aviation sector, including Airbus, Boeing, Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

About the First Movers Coalition

The First Movers Coalition was launched by US President Biden and the World Economic Forum at COP26 to decarbonize heavy industry and the long-distance transport sectors responsible for more than one third of global emissions. The global initiative, made up of 76 businesses, works to harness the purchasing power of companies to decarbonize seven hard-to-abate industrial sectors that currently account for 30% of global emissions: aluminium, aviation, chemicals, concrete, shipping, steel and trucking, along with innovative carbon-removal technologies. For further information, click here.

Notes to editors
Read the Forum Agenda also in Spanish | Mandarin | Japanese
Learn about the Forum’s impact

Check out the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform and Transformation Maps
Follow the Forum on Twitter via @wef@davos | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | Podcasts
Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook

Watch Forum videos at | YouTube | and here
Subscribe to Forum news releases and podcasts

All opinions expressed are those of the author. The World Economic Forum Blog is an independent and neutral platform dedicated to generating debate around the key topics that shape global, regional and industry agendas.

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum